As states up and down the East Coast from North Carolina to Vermont begin to clean up and assess the damages, it's clear that Irene will not soon be forgotten.

Making landfall in North Carolina early Saturday morning and driving up the coast through the Jersey Shore and into New York City and beyond, Irene left a trail of damage and dozens of people dead.

While the extent of the damages remains unclear, some estimates bring it as high as $7 billion. While this is less than was initially feared, it remains a hefty sum.

Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Here's a look at Irene's path of destruction from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the hills of Vermont: