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Hurricane Irene hits New York City

I was struck by the dark, austere quality of the pictures of Hurricane Irene hitting New York City this morning.  See our continuing visual coverage of the storm in our slideshow.

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Manhattan is hit by Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011. A weakened Hurricane Irene hammered Manhattan's skyscrapers with fierce winds and threatened to flood the financial district.

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A man walks in the rain in New York City on Sunday morning as the storm hit the city and Tri State area with rain and high winds. Irene weakened to tropical storm status Sunday with 65 mph winds, the National Hurricane Center said.

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Rising water laps over the sea wall at Battery Park, Sunday morning in New York City. Hurricane Irene bore down on a dark and quiet New York early Sunday, bringing winds and rapidly rising seawater that threatened parts of the city. The rumble of the subway system was silenced for the first time in years. The city all but shut down for the strongest tropical lashing since the 1980s.

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