Open Story: Irene's aftermath

Editor's Note: This story is a collaborative effort of CNN and iReport contributors who are documenting the flooding and aftermath of Irene along the East Coast.
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  • Roughly 580,000 customers remain without power due to Hurricane Irene
  • The pace of recovery accelerates in hard-hit Vermont
  • A temporary bridge will be built for the highway connecting North Carolina's barrier islands to the mainland

(CNN) -- Slightly more than 580,000 customers from North Carolina to Maine are still without power as a result of the damage caused by Hurricane Irene, according to estimates released Friday by the U.S. Department of Energy.


Over 100,000 customers have had electric power restored since Thursday afternoon.


Photos: Irene pummels East Coast


Over 6.4 million customers lacked power at the height of the outages, the department noted.


The rate of recovery from the storm has varied sharply up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Irene killed 43 people from Florida to New England while dumping torrential rain. Some of the worst flooding struck Vermont, New Jersey and upstate New York.


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