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2,500 residents on Hatteras Island, N.C. cut off by damage from Hurricane Irene

Steve Helber / AP

Officials survey the damage to Route 12 on Hatteras Island, N.C., on Aug. 28. Hurricane Irene swept through the area Saturday cutting the roadway in five locations. Irene caused more than 4.5 million homes and businesses along the East Coast to reportedly lose power over the weekend, and at least 11 deaths were blamed on the storm.

Steve Helber / AP

The road is washed out on the north end of Route 12 on Hatteras Island, N.C., Aug. 28.

 Read more here and see more images from the storm here.