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2 Years Ago: Hurricane Irene pounds the east

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Two years ago Tuesday, Hurricane Irene pounded eastern North Carolina.

Irene made landfall early in the morning on August 27, 2011.
     
As a category one hurricane, Irene was slow-moving, sitting over the east for an entire day.
     
A 15-foot storm surge and 85-mile-per-hour winds did massive damage to homes, businesses and schools.
     
And after the storm passed, 35,000 North Carolinians registered with FEMA for state and federal assistance.

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