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Hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday with diminished winds and in some areas little rain, but officials warned the worst is yet to come in many cities where flooding along the Eastern Seaboard has become a major concern.
Irene made landfall over New York’s Coney Island with winds clocking at 65 mph. It hit New York City at 9 a.m. ET, bringing with it a storm surge that sent 3 1/1 feet of water into New York Harbor.
The north tube of the Holland Tunnel, which carries traffic from New York City to New Jersey, was closed because of flooding and reopened late Sunday morning. Rainfall overflowed sewers and seawater lapped at sidewalks at the edges of the city. Water cascaded toward Wall Street, which had been fortified with sandbags.
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