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What was once a powerful and fierce hurricane that trampled the Bahamas and the eastern part of North Carolina is now just a tropical storm.

At its height Irene boasted winds of 115 MPH and caused trees to fold on houses, cars, parts of the North Carolina pier to crumble, and has forced the close of 225 roads and 21 bridges.

This morning state officials are assessing the storm damage and rescue teams are out.  Reports state that more than 200 people were stranded by floodwaters in their home and at least 76 people were rescued from the Beaufort County, one of the hardest hit areas along the coast. Nine people were rescued by boat in Northhampton County.

Officials say the storm was at its worst in North Carolina and it weakened as it traveled up the east coast, though there will be significant clean up efforts on the northern states impacted by the storm (Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and New England).