Hurricane Irene wound up by most estimates as one of the top ten most destructive and deadly hurricanes to hit the United States since 1980. While ultimately not as powerful as many had predicted, the storm still killed at least 27 people along its path from the Caribbean to the eastern seaboard. Transportation was shut down all along the east coast, stranding residents and tourists in shelters, airports, and train stations. More than 5.8 million customers lost electricity, thousands of flights were cancelled, flooding washed out roads and destroyed homes, and evacuation orders were issued for hundreds of thousands. Gathered here are pictures from the Hurricane's path. -- Lane Turner
Hurricane Irene churns of the coast of the Carolinas on August 26, 2011.
Billy Stinson comforts his daughter Erin Stinson as they sit on the steps where their cottage once stood on August 28, 2011 in Nags Head, N.C. The cottage, built in 1903 and destroyed by Hurricane Irene, was one of the first vacation cottages built on Albemarle Sound in Nags Head. "We were pretending, just for a moment, that the cottage was still behind us and we were just sitting there watching the sunset," said Erin afterward
A man wades through a flooded street after hurricane Irene hit Naguabo, Puerto Rico on August 22, 2011.
People shield themselves from blowing sand and rain as they look over the beach during Hurricane Irene on August 27, 2011 in Kill Devil Hills, N.C
Two men paddle a boat down a street flooded by Hurricane Irene on August 27, 2011 in Manteo, N.C.
A deer wades through floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011, in Lincoln Park, N.J. Irene was just the third hurricane to come ashore in New Jersey in the past 200 years.
Blown down by tropical storm Irene Sunday morning, trees fan out from a New York City apartment complex later in the day.
Roads flood in Hatteras Island, N.C. on August 28, 2011after Hurricane Irene swept through the area cutting the roadway in five locations.
Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette looks at a collapsed bridge on Route 9 in Woodford, Vt. on August 28, 2011.
A man walks on a wall next to a flooded highway in New Brunswick, N.J. on August 28, 2011
Janie Gibbs helps clean up a friend's destroyed home on August 28, 2011 after it was hit by Hurricane Irene in Columbia, N.C.
Casey and Denise Robinson clear out their destroyed beach home in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach, Va. on August 28, 2011, the day after Hurricane Irene moved through.
Waves and storm surges slam the Asbury Park, New Jersey, boardwalk as Irene makes landfall near dawn on Sunday.
Flying into the storm… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z96uu4GZ NwQ&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z96uu4GZ NwQ&feature=youtu.be Hurricane Tracker… http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26295161/ns/ weather/t/hurricane-tracker/#.Tpsgm2GqikM http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26295161/ns/ weather/t/hurricane-tracker/#.Tpsgm2GqikM