Hurricane Irene downgraded to tropical storm

Reuters , Sunday 28 Aug 2011

Hurricane Irene weakens before reaching New York

Hurricane Irene weakened as it pushed into New York on Sunday and was downgraded to tropical storm status, the National Hurricane Center said.

After battering the US mid-Atlantic coast with hurricane power, Irene's winds dropped to 65 mph/100 kmh by 9am/1300 GMT, the centre said.

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