Hurricane Irene 2011 Photos: Pictures Of Storm Battering East Coast (PHOTOS)

Hurricane Irene slammed into the East Coast on Saturday, killing at least six people, cutting off power to nearly one million and leaving a trail of destruction as it continued its path north.

The storm made landfall early Saturday morning on North Carolina's Outer Banks, according to Jeff Masters at Weather Underground, where winds as high as 110 mph ripped shingles and siding off houses.

In Virginia, falling trees -- one on a house and another one a car -- killed two people, the Associated Press reports.

In anticipation of Irene's arrival, Michael R. Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, ordered the evacuation of nearly 300,000 people from low-lying areas. In an unprecedented move, the city's public transportation system was shut down. By Saturday afternoon, parts of New York looked like a ghost town.

Hurricane warnings have been lifted south of Cape Fear, N.C., according to the National Weather Service, but much of the East Coast -- from as far south as Surf City, N.C. to as far north as Sagamore Beach, M.A. -- remains on high alert.

UPDATE: August 28, 2011 at 11:43 a.m. EDT:

With winds of approximately 65 mph and downgraded to a tropical storm, Irene made landfall on New York City's Coney Island at approximately 9:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday morning.

As of Sunday morning, the storm had claimed 11 lives in five states, according to the Associated Press.

Irene continues her way up the East Coast, and should be over New England by Sunday afternoon. Flood warnings remain in effect for New York City until noon on Sunday.

UPDATE: August 29, 2011 at 4:45 p.m. EDT:

While Irene may no longer be over the United States, communities throughout the Atlantic coast and New England are still dealing with the storm's aftermath.

The storm left millions without power across much of the Eastern Seaboard, killed at least two dozen and forced airlines to cancel about 9,000 flights. It never became the big-city nightmare forecasters and public officials had warned about, but it caused the worst flooding in a century in Vermont.

UPDATE: August 30, 2011 at 9:29 a.m. EDT:

The Associated Press reports that the death toll from the storm has reached 40 and that nearly 5 million people in 12 states remain without power.

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Photograph below of flooding in Quechee, V.T. submitted by Mitch Weinberg:

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