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Officials survey the damage to route 12 on Hatteras Island, NC., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Hurricane Irene swept through the area Saturday cutting the roadway in five locations. Irene caused more than 4.5 million homes and businesses along the East Coast to reportedly lose power over the weekend, and at least 11 deaths were blamed on the storm. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Officials survey the damage to route 12 on Hatteras Island, NC., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Hurricane Irene swept through the area Saturday cutting the roadway in five locations. Irene caused more than 4.5 million homes and businesses along the East Coast to reportedly lose power over the weekend, and at least 11 deaths were blamed on the storm. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Hurricane Irene: One year later

January 1, 1970

To mark the first

anniversary of Irene,

bells were rung in churches and town halls across Vermont on Aug. 28, 2012, a year to the day after

the storm changed Vermont forever.