Hurricane Irene Kills 8, Aims For New York-Photos

Packing winds of up to 85 miles (140 kilometers) an hour, Irene was a weakened but still deadly category one storm when it made landfall at 8:00 am (1200 GMT) at Cape Lookout, North Carolina, near a chain of barrier islands

On Saturday August 27, 2011, Hurricane Irene was a deadly category one storm when it made landfall at 8:00 am (1200 GMT) at Cape Lookout, North Carolina, near a chain of barrier islands.

At least eight people were killed so far.

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Irene knocked out power supplies for some 900,000 people, triggered the cancellation of more than 8,000 flights, and forced nearly two million people to evacuate.

A tornado as a result of Hurricane Irene touched down in the Old Orchard Road and New Road area west of Lewes, Del. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 damaging several homes and uprooting trees. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Chuck Snyder
A boey that sits at the end of the Ocean City jetty is toppled over due to heavy surf caused by the arrival of Hurricane Irene in Ocean City, Maryland. Hurricane Irene killed at least eight people along the US east coast, cut power supplies to nearly a million and churned toward a direct hit on an anxious New York city. The Coney Island Wonder Wheel looms in the background as residents walks along the platform to catch one of the few remaining subway trains for the day while evacuating before the arrival of Hurricane Irene Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 in Coney Island section of New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
A combination photo shows the surf at (EST) 15:40 (top) and 18:50 as Hurricane Irene approaches Ocean City, Maryland August 27, 2011. Irene, packing winds of near 80 miles per hour, was a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson intensity scale and was churning north-northeast at 16 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. REUTERS/Molly Riley
People walk as it rains in Hoboken in New Jersey August 27, 2011. Hurricane Irene charged up the U.S. East Coast on Saturday toward New York, shutting down the city, and millions of Americans sought shelter from a huge storm that halted transport and caused massive power blackouts. REUTERS/Kena Betancur
Summer resident Jody Bowers braces himself from a blast of sand and driving rain as he makes his way to the beach in Kill Devil Hills, Outer Banks, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 as Hurricane Irene reaches the North Carolina coast. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Abandoned beach front houses are surrounded by rising water as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Waves crash onto a beach in Ocean City, Md., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, as Hurricane Irene heads toward the Maryland coast. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A taxi speeds by on 42nd Street at Times Square in New York as rains fall before Hurricane Irene hits August 27, 2011. Hurricane Irene charged up the U.S. East Coast on Saturday toward New York, shutting down the city, and millions of Americans sought shelter from a huge storm that halted transport and caused massive power blackouts. REUTERS/Peter Jones
Rain from Hurricane Irene pounds the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, August 27, 2011. REUTERS/Molly Riley
Floodwaters caused by Hurricane Irene cover a sidewalk on a street in Ocean City, Maryland, August 27, 2011. REUTERS/Molly Riley
Sandbags surround one of the entrances to the New York Stock Exchange, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 in New York. Hurricane Irene opened its assault on the Eastern Seaboard on Saturday by lashing the North Carolina coast with wind as strong as 115 mph (185 kph) and pounding shoreline homes with waves. Farther north, Philadelphia and New York City-area authorities readied a massive shutdown of trains and airports, with 2 million people ordered out of the way.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
Storm clouds loom over lower Manhattan, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 in New York. Hurricane Irene opened its assault on the Eastern Seaboard on Saturday by lashing the North Carolina coast with wind as strong as 115 mph (185 kph) and pounding shoreline homes with waves. Farther north, Philadelphia and New York City-area authorities readied a massive shutdown of trains and airports, with 2 million people ordered out of the way.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Floodwaters caused by Hurricane Irene cover an intersection in Ocean City, Maryland, August 27, 2011. Irene, packing winds of near 80 miles per hour, was a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson intensity scale and was churning north-northeast at 16 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. REUTERS/Molly Riley
A truck drives through a flooded roadway near Rudee inlet as Hurricane Irene hits Virginia Beach , Va., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast Saturday to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms. (AP Photo/Steve Helber
A high water sign is seen partially submerged on a street in Ocean City, Md., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, as Hurricane Irene heads toward the Maryland coast. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A National Guard vehicle plows through floodwaters caused by Hurricane Irene in Ocean City, Maryland, August 27, 2011. REUTERS/Molly Riley
Floodwaters from the Albemarle Sound rise over a mini golf course at dusk on the Outer Banks in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 as Hurricane Irene leaves the North Carolina coast. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
People wade through a street flooded by Hurricane Irene Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 in Manteo, N.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Floodwaters rise at dusk from the Albemarle Sound on the Outer Banks in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Floodwaters rise at dusk from the Albemarle Sound on the Outer Banks in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
The Arr-Mac water rescue team from Wayne County maneuvers around a beached boat in the middle of Hwy. 304 Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 in Mesic, N.C. New York City emptied its streets and subways and waited with an eerie quiet. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chris Seward)
Two men use a boat to explore a street flooded by Hurricane Irene Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 in Monteo, N.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Floodwaters surround this pickup truck on Hwy 55 Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 in New Bern, N.C.(AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chris Seward)
KILL DEVIL HILLS, NC - AUGUST 27: Firefighters wade through floodwater as they respond to a call of a gas leak during Hurricane Irene on August 27, 2011 in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Hurricane Irene hit Dare County, which sits along the Outer Banks and includes the vacation towns of Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, as a category one hurricane around mid-day today causing wind damage and flooding. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The canopy from the Days Inn blew off Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 in Washington, N.C. AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chris Seward)
A travel trailer tipped over into a flooded area on Hwy 55 Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 in New Bern, N.C. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chris Seward)