New hurricane appears headed on a northern track

A new hurricane, the second of the Atlantic season, has taken form in the mid-Atlantic. However, the track estimated by the U.S. National Hurricane Center shows the storm veering to the north on a direct line with Bermuda. Costa Rica does not seem to be threatened.

The storm is rated category one on a five-point scale with five being the most severe. Winds are about 75 mph, said the center.

Many hurricanes form and veer to the north and circle back in the direction of Europe without coming near Central America or the U.S. mainland.

Meanwhile, residents in the eastern United States are still recovering from Irene — a hurricane that weakened into a tropical storm — with communities cut off by flooding and some schools closed because of lost power.

Emergency workers have begun airlifting food and water to thousands of residents stranded in the northeastern state of Vermont, after floodwaters washed over roads and bridges, isolating a number of communities in the state’s worst floods in nearly a century.

In the state of New Jersey, emergency workers rescued hundreds of people from flooded homes.

Irene has so far been blamed for at least 43 deaths in the continental U.S. and five deaths in the Caribbean. President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed disaster declarations for the states of North Carolina and New York.

Top Obama administration officials are visiting impacted areas Wednesday.

Irene first made landfall on Saturday in the southeastern state of North Carolina, before moving up the East Coast and weakening into a tropical storm. It dumped heavy rain over inland areas of Vermont, New Jersey and New York state, causing streams and rivers to burst their banks. Millions of people throughout the region were left without power.

The beginning of September is normally the peak of the hurricane season. Experts predict an active 2011 hurricane season with eight to 10 hurricanes possible, which would be slightly more than normal.

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