Even in its infancy, we knew Irene had the potential to have an impact on the East Coast. Hurricanes typically do most of their damage right along the coast, and most of the national attention was focused downstate and in southern New England in the days leading up to the storm.
As Irene drew closer, NewsChannel13’s computer models started to paint a potentially serious picture, even for those that are inland.
Irene weakened to a tropical storm as it made landfall over New York City on Sunday morning and the immediate coast dodged a bullet. Despite the lower wind speeds the worst was just beginning for the Capital region, in the form of continuous torrential rains
With the added lift from the mountains, rainfall totals exceeded 12 inches and it all drained into area creeks, streams and rivers causing the devastating inland flooding that is now Irene's legacy.