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Hurricane Irene cleanup begins on battered East Coast

Hurricane Irene and its remnants have mostly moved on, but its effects will be felt for a long time on the East Coast.

Irene has claimed at least 42 lives in 12 states. There is widespread flooding throughout the Northeast, both along the coast and inland, and millions of people are without power. Rescuers are focusing on rural regions, particularly Vermont, where flooding has isolated several communities.

Authorities continue to warn residents to stay inside to avoid falling trees, downed power lines and fast-rising water.