Hurricane Irene hits the Dominican Republic

Raging waves batter against the shore in the seafront in Santo Domingo, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO00000191" title="Dominican Republic" href="/topic/international/dominican-republic-PLGEO00000191.topic">Dominican Republic</a>, on August 23, 2011, after the passage of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVWAN00009" title="Hurricane Irene (2011)" href="/topic/disasters-accidents/meteorological-disasters/hurricane-irene-%282011%29-EVWAN00009.topic">Hurricane Irene</a>. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEOREG000022" title="Caribbean Islands" href="/topic/international/caribbean-islands-PLGEOREG000022.topic">Hurricane</a> Irene was downgraded on Tuesday as it lashed the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, but forecasters warned it could still regain power as it approaches the U.S. mainland.

( ERIKA SANTELICES, AFP/Getty Images / August 23, 2011 )

Raging waves batter against the shore in the seafront in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on August 23, 2011, after the passage of Hurricane Irene. Hurricane Irene was downgraded on Tuesday as it lashed the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, but forecasters warned it could still regain power as it approaches the U.S. mainland.

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