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Hurricane Irene destroyed Northeast pumpkin patches.Poor, pour pumpkins in peril, patches pummeled by Irene.

While Hurricane Irene may have spared New York City, it devastated the pumpkin harvest in the Northeast. Hurricane Irene was the final nail in the coffin for the 2011 pumpkin harvest. The season started off ominously enough owing to heavy spring rains that were compounded by a bone-drying summer drought and a mutating fungus. And then, on August 28, 2011 the biblical floods of Hurricane Irene washed away the many pumpkin patches of the Northeast.