Calling Good fortune/Better than could be predicted by the best experts everywhere "hype" tho... is spin.
Perhaps one factor, instead bouncing easily off Hateras, it went a little further into/onshore NC and VA and that took some steam out.
Hitting those states perhaps a little worse than expected.
Tonight tho, over 6 million people and businesses are without power.
Raging Waters in Vermont from Hurricane Irene
Terrible Flash Flooding in Vermont
Storified by The Weather Channel, 57 minutes ago
Hurricane Irene has produced tremendous rainfall over parts of the state of Vermont creating record flooding of rivers in the state.
The raging rivers have led to major destruction for several towns and communities including Wilmington, Ludlow, Brattleboro and Rutland.
"Wilmington (Vt) is Destroyed"
"Vermont is in the process of being Devastated" (FOX News, sheperd smith)
"Downtown Brattleboro in Vermont"
@weatherchanne @jimcantore Route 100 in Vermont near @mountsnow http://yfrog.com/kj4i8mlj Wilmington, Wardsboro, Dover all under water