The White House has estimated that
Hurricane Irene will cost federal taxpayers USD 1.5 billion in disaster relief.
The National Guard are using heavy-duty vehicles to bring relief to flood-stricken communities still reachable by road.
To the north, Vermont contended with what its
governor called the worst flooding in a century.
Financial markets were expected to open as normal, albeit with reduced volume.
Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said, the US must heed the message of god.
4.5 million homes along the coast lost power and at least 14 deaths were blamed on the storm.
Experts said the financial toll would be much higher if there was a direct hit on New York.
Officials have warned Irene could cause flooding, power outages or worse all along the East Coast.
In the US, Irene, the first hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to hit Florida.
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