Trees damaged by winds in Arlington 
Arlington residents sifted through the damage after high winds churned by Wednesday’s storm ripped out power lines and sent trees crashing.

Trees damaged by winds in Arlington

Arlington residents sifted through the damage after high winds churned by Wednesday’s storm ripped out power lines and sent trees crashing.

Irene continues to steam through the ocean
- As Hurricane Irene heads toward the US mainland, residents of the East Coast are preparing for the worst, despite not knowing exactly what track the storm will take. (38 photos)

Irene continues to steam through the ocean

- As Hurricane Irene heads toward the US mainland, residents of the East Coast are preparing for the worst, despite not knowing exactly what track the storm will take. (38 photos)

Hurricane health safety tips
- The US Food and Drug Administration has issued advice on how to prepare for hurricane Irene in the likely event of power outages and flooding. You’ll need to take certain precautions to ensure the safety of your food, water, and medications — and well as supplies for pets you may own.

Hurricane health safety tips

- The US Food and Drug Administration has issued advice on how to prepare for hurricane Irene in the likely event of power outages and flooding. You’ll need to take certain precautions to ensure the safety of your food, water, and medications — and well as supplies for pets you may own.

Moving in early on hurricane watch
- Colleges encourage students to arrive during calm before the storm.

Moving in early on hurricane watch

- Colleges encourage students to arrive during calm before the storm.

Right mix of warm, humid air, winds stirred up state’s rare tornadoes
- The tornadoes that struck Central Massachusetts yesterday are an unusual phenomenon for New England, the product of warm, humid air and winds that created the perfect conditions to generate the spinning, funnel-shaped storm.

Right mix of warm, humid air, winds stirred up state’s rare tornadoes

- The tornadoes that struck Central Massachusetts yesterday are an unusual phenomenon for New England, the product of warm, humid air and winds that created the perfect conditions to generate the spinning, funnel-shaped storm.

Bricks and debris that fell from a building lay on top of cars after a report of a tornado in Springfield, Mass.  » more photos
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Bricks and debris that fell from a building lay on top of cars after a report of a tornado in Springfield, Mass.  » more photos

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)