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Aug 28, 2011 10:41 AM by Trovette Tottress

Irene downgraded to Tropical Storm

NEW YORK (AP) - The National Hurricane Center in Miami says that Irene has lost hurricane strength and made landfall on New York's Coney Island.

Forecasters say Irene's winds have fallen to 65 mph. They say Irene should move over New England by the afternoon. Officials also warn that isolated tornadoes are possible in the northeast throughout the morning.

Some streets at New York City's edges are flooding. Irene pushed a 3 ½ foot storm surge into New York Harbor, sending seawater cascading toward Wall Street and other streets. City officials say rainfall overnight overwhelmed sewers and sending more water into streets. Along the coast in the outer boroughs, flooding is worse.

Meanwhile, Boston's commuter transit system has suspended all service. Officials say that will allow transit workers to make sure the system is operating for Monday morning's commute. Transit systems up and down the coast had similar shutdowns.

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