Irene's death toll jumps; US towns battle floods

The full measure of Hurricane Irene's fury came into focus Monday as the death toll passed 46, while towns in the northern US region of New England battled epic floods and millions were still without electricity.


From North Carolina to Maine, communities cleaned up and took stock of the uneven and hard-to-predict costs of a storm that spared the nation's biggest city a nightmare scenario, only to deliver a historic wallop to towns well inland. (AP)