Irene floods US northeast, Manhattan spared the worst

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29 Aug 2011 00:15

  • Irene blamed for at least 20 deaths, NYC spared big hit

  • Obama says danger not over, recovery will take time

  • U.S. stock markets expected to open on Monday

  • Subways still down but air traffic to resume on Monday

  • Irene downgraded to tropical storm as heads north (Adds resumption of flights, new death toll)

By Edith Honan and Clare Baldwin

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Hurricane Irene swept through Manhattan on Sunday but reserved the worst of its fury for towns and suburbs up and down the northeastern United States where driving rain and flood tides inundated homes and cut power to millions.

On its march up the East Coast over the weekend, the storm killed at least 20 people, left some 5 million homes and businesses without electricity, caused widespread flooding and downed thousands of trees.

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