Hurricane Irene, which ravaged through 10 states on the East Coast, left countless communities from North Carolina to New Jersey damaged, flooded and sans power as photos of the aftermath emerged.
Irene's path of destruction, covering more than 1,000 miles along the coastline late Saturday into early Sunday, was responsible for at least 25 deaths as of Monday morning. This was the first hurricane to strike the U.S. since Ike in 2008.
Extensive damage plagued the entire coast as the storm uprooted trees, destroyed power lines and caused flooding from the storm's torrential downpour.
The storm caused an estimated $7 billion to $13 billion in damages. According to CNN, the U.S. government estimated that wind damage alone caused more than $1 billion.
The U.S. Department of Energy reported an estimated six million people had no power after Irene struck.
The clean-up process was estimated to take weeks or even months as the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began damage assessment Sunday in the wake of the hurricane.
We are starting assessments in North Carolina, FEMA administrator Craig Fugate told The Associated Press, which could take several days to complete.
Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm from Category 1 on Saturday night as its whipping winds and heavy rainfall moved up the coast into early Sunday morning. The National Hurricane Center, which forecasted Irene would reach Category 4 with 131 miles per hour winds, topped out at a Category 3 storm with winds of 120 miles per hour before it ended as a tropical rain storm in Long Island.
The worst damage from Hurricane Irene was in North Carolina, where the storm made its first landfall in the Outer Banks on Saturday, causing storm surges of more than eight feet and more than one million homes and businesses without power.
Delaware and Virginia reported tornadoes in association with Hurricane Irene, with heavy winds ravaging homes and uprooting trees.
Philadelphia experienced massive flooding throughout the city along with more than 400 downed trees and seven collapsed buildings.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Irene caused the worst flooding to the state in nearly a century.
Irene made landfall near Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey at 5:35 a.m. on Sunday as a Category 1 storm with 75 miles per hour winds. Its heavy rainfall surged the Atlantic, causing severe flooding.
Long Island, N.Y. was hit with hurricane strength, likely between Category 1 and 2, causing power outages and countless fallen trees. Long Beach, part of Nassau County in Long Island, saw a storm surge six to 10 feet more than average, according to a spokeswoman.
Some areas were left nearly unscathed by damages from Irene, like New York City, where a shutdown was ordered around noon on Saturday.
As a tropical storm, Irene made its final landfall with 65 miles per hour winds at 9 a.m. on Sunday in Manhattan. Damages to the Big Apple were minimal in comparison to those forecasted, though surrounding areas in Brooklyn and Queens have reported heavy flooding and downed power.