WILMINGTON, North Carolina, USA (AP) - After the passing of Irene, cleanup crews began pumping water from flooded tunnels of the subway service, fix traffic signals in the capital and remove the rubble of hundreds of roads as the U.S. East Coast preparing for the start of the workweek.
While early reports indicated that the damage was not as serious as expected, in many places it will take several days before things return to normal.
By Sunday, more than 4 million homes and businesses along the coast did not yet have electricity service. The roads were impassable due to flooding and trees and downed power lines. And while not known precisely the extent of the damage, consider the first calculations of billions of dollars.
On the coast, the picture was the same: Damaged homes, boats and other cast stranded on land, huge trees uprooted and cars under water. In the worst affected areas, about 20 homes were destroyed in residential areas.
However, for many the storm was more an inconvenience than a disaster.
In Ocean City, Maryland, Koetzle Charlie ignored the evacuation order and was on the road parallel to the shore before dawn wearing her bathing suit and sandals as he said he always wanted to see a hurricane. When asked about the damage, said a sign that was knocked down by winds.
"The beach is still here, and it is huge," he said. "I do not think it was as serious as they said it would."
Irene struck the Caribbean and affected virtually every state in the east coast as it moves into Canada. The storm brought torrential rain and strong winds and at one point stretched 480 kilometers (300 miles) from its vortex.
Irene made landfall in the U.S. on Saturday morning in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane. By Sunday, his strength diminished to a tropical storm near New York.
The waters overflowing rivers flooded streets and highways of New Jersey, including New Jersey Highway and Interstate 295.
During the weekend, more than 11,000 flights were canceled nationwide, and hundreds more will be suspended on Monday morning, according to a scheduled service flights.
The picture does not appear very favorable, because this week will be very difficult to find available seats to accommodate displaced passengers in view of this is the last of the holiday season in the northern hemisphere summer.
The U.S. East Coast can not afford to relax too much after having escaped the violence of Irene. Off the coast of Africa there is a set of clouds, as special computers, indicate a likely threat in the same direction within about 10 days, said Max Mayfield, former director of the National Hurricane Center.
The center gives them a 40% chance to become a named storm itself in the next two days.
Irene was the first hurricane to make landfall in the continental United States since 2008, and came almost six years after the day that Katrina devastated New Orleans on August 29, 2005.