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Mother Nature’s Top 10 Freakout Moments of 2011

Every year, Mother Nature likes to remind us who’s the boss and 2011 was no different. In fact, it was the second most expensive year on record for insurers, costing $108 billion. Here’s a look back at the 10 most memorable natural disasters of 2011 in chronological order.

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Record-Breaking and Rare October Snowstorm Batters Northeast US

The record-breaking snowstorm that swept over the Northeast this weekend has left 2.2 million homes without power, closed public schools, and resulted in eight deaths, mainly from car accidents on icy roads.

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Katia Strengthens Into Category 1 Hurricane Over the Atlantic [VIDEO]

As much of the East Coast continues the cleanup from Hurricane Irene, the 11th named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season has roared to life.

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Hurricane Irene Aftermath — At Least 44 Dead and Millions Without Power [VIDEO]

Cleanup efforts have begun in communities that were devastated by Hurricane Irene over the weekend. Although trucks and supplies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are en route, access to some areas has been cut off by floodwaters that washed out or damaged roads and bridges.

“Irene was gonna land somewhere. We’re not Manhattan, our small streams quickly became big rivers,” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin told The Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer. “We’ve lost churches, homes and historic bridges. But we will rebuild.”

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Hurricane Irene Marches North, Claiming Four Lives Thus Far [MAP, VIDEO]

Over a million people in North Carolina and Virginia are currently without power after Hurricane Irene came ashore on Saturday, and other states further north are bracing for impact on Sunday.

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Hurricane Irene Strengthens, Heads Toward the US [VIDEO]

Authorities along the Atlantic seaboard are closely monitoring Hurricane Irene’s projected path, and preparing for the powerful storm’s arrival later in the week.

The first major hurricane of the season became a Category 2 storm on Aug. 22, and could strengthen even more in the coming days.

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Unprecedented Drought Baking US

July 2011 was recorded as one of the hottest months on record for certain parts of the United States and areas of the South are plagued by some of the worst drought conditions in decades.

The National Drought Mitigation Center recently reported that over a dozen states are currently experiencing abnormal dryness and drought like conditions

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Senators Urge Federal Government To Reverse Earlier Decision and Grant Individual Assistance To Upstate New York Homeowners Affected By April Storms

Utica, NY (WIBX) - United States Senators Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are urging the Federal Government to grant individual disaster assistance to Upstate New York homeowners affected by April storms.

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Severe Storms Leave Thousands Without Power

Utica, NY (WIBX) - Thousands are without power as severe weather ripped through the area.

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NV: Heat Wave Scorches Most of U.S.
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National Grid Reports Record High Energy Usage In Upstate NY

Utica, NY (WIBX) - Do you dislike the heat, but do you also dislike your energy bill?

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