A little more than a week ago, Hurricane Irene formed as a tropical storm east of the Caribbean's Leeward Islands.
She was the ninth storm for the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, and from the time she formed around Aug. 20, Irene quickly developed into the first hurricane.
Forecasters had predicted that Irene would churn a path that passes over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, which is a share island between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. They still had some doubts as to its exact path, and were wondering if Irene was going to be a Florida storm. But over the course of a few days, Irene would make it clear that its eye wasn't set on Florida (pun intended), but the East Coast of the United States.
After battering the southeast Bahamas, leaving blocked roads, damaged homes, and downed power lines, Irene crept upon the East Coast and tackled North Carolina, where several people lost their lives. But even with the damage in that state, Irene wasn't done.
Irene ran through 10 states on the East Coast, damaging several communities, including some in New York and New Jersey, with winds and floods. It is believed that Irene claimed 25 lives as of Monday and caused between $7 billion and $13 billion in damages.
CNN reported that the U.S. government estimated that wind damage alone is more than $1 billion.
About six million people are without power because of Irene, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
North Carolina, which was the first to be struck, reported the worst damage, because there were storm surges of more than eight feet and more than one million homes and businesses lost power. There were reports of tornadoes in Delaware and Virginia because of Hurricane Irene. Philadelphia reported flooding throughout the city, along with more than 400 downed trees and seven collapsed buildings.
As for Vermont, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Irene caused the worst flooding to the state in nearly a century.
Irene got to New jersey on Sunday as a Category 1 storm, with 75 miles per hour winds and heavy rainfall that caused huge flooding.
New York City was at a standstill by noon on Saturday in anticipation of Irene's arrival.
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has said the clean up process could take weeks or months.
We are starting assessments in North Carolina, FEMA administrator Craig Fugate told The Associated Press.
Take a look at some of the damages Irene caused along her path to the U.S.