On Aug. 22, 2011, Hurricane Irene cut a destructive path through the Caribbean, raking Puerto Rico with strong winds and rain, before spinning just north of the Dominican Republic.

Irene reached Category 1 intensity over Puerto Rico, then strengthened to Category 3 while passing through the Bahamas.

When it hit the outer banks of North Carolina on Aug. 27, Irene was back down to Category 1 status, but much of the East Coast was affected, as more than 4.5 million homes and businesses lost power. Irene caused at least 49 deaths.

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