Hurricane Irene has been downgraded to tropical storm status. However, with a current death count of 21 across eight states and still moving fast at 65 mile-per-hour winds this storm is still armed and dangerous.
Video: Irene Latest Events are "Once In A Lifetime"
Young people across New York are making the best of a bad situation. In Time Square, some people have turned the water-filled streets as one giant slip-n-slide. In the video, a bare-footed bicyclist in Long Beach said he "Just came to check it out. [It is a] once in a lifetime chance to see. I had to see it."
In Long Beach, there are still sixty thousand power outages. Residents of this urban beach are also faced with a high risk of flooding as the 100-yard beach that separates the ocean from the boardwalk is flooded with water.
Most of the deaths attributed to Hurricane Irene have been due to fallen trees and downed wires. Future deaths may be decreased by heeding emergency precautions given by local, state and federal agencies. Irene may look tame, but she is still quite dangerous.
Â© Les Go, August 2011.
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