(CNN)-We are here to bring you the latest on Hurricane Irene, state-by-state.
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Hurricane Irene left Hampton Roads early this morning with widespread flooding, downed trees and hundreds of thousands without power, but the storm fell short of residents’ worst predictions.
Irene was rated a Category One hurricane, but in some areas its winds topped out at tropical storm-level speeds. A top gust of 67 mph was recorded at Langley Air Force Base and a 63 mph gust at Norfolk Naval Station, the National Weather Service said.
Up to two million Virginians spent the night in the dark — and some could be that way for days — as a weakened but formidable Hurricane Irene whacked Virginia with torrential rains and stiff winds.
Almost 800,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers in the state were without power as of 9 p.m. Saturday, including more than 370,000 in the Richmond-Petersburg area, 329,000 in southeastern Virginia and 43,000 in the Northern Neck region. About 75 percent of Central Virginia was without power.
"All I can say is our customers need to be prepared for a multiday event," said Dominion spokesman David Botkins.
Damage was reported along the East Coast starting Saturday evening. The state Highway Administration said more than 100 state roads were closed due to trees or debris, and about 50 had traffic signals out as of 12:50 a.m. Many roads were closed due to high water. Power outages were widespread, and thousands of evacuees from Ocean City and other parts of Maryland crowded shelters.
More than 100,000 people in the New York area had lost electricity by early Sunday morning — 16,596 on Long Island, according to the Long Island Power Authority which shut power to Fire Island, Captree Island, Robert Moses, and Oak Island; 89,000 in New Jersey, according to Public Service Electric and Gas; and about 20,000 in the city and in Westchester, according to Consolidated Edison. Of those more than 8,400 were on Staten Island, according to utility’s Web site, and about 5,000 in Queens and Brooklyn.
The Nassau County executive, Edward P. Mangano, said that “thousands” of people were spending the night in county facilities, including Nassau County Community College. He asked people in areas that were in danger to stay with friends or relatives, if possible.
All air, train and bus service has been suspended, according to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and he said he probably would close the Wilbur Cross and Merritt parkways after midnight for fear of wind blowing trees into the roads.
Many businesses will be closed, and some churches have canceled services.
Five hundred Connecticut National Guard troops are in position at armories across the state and will be deployed Sunday morning, Malloy said.
Hurricane Irene triggered at least five deaths, swamped coastal families in waist-high water and left more than 500,000 homes without power.
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