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08-26-2011, 10:28 AM #1
Emergency declared in New York as Hurricane Irene closes in
A state of emergency has been declared in New York as the U.S. East Coast geared up for hurricane Irene which is expected to make its first landfall over the weekend and dump about 15 inches of rain in the area.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said measures were being put in place in preparation for the potential impact of the hurricane and state and local agencies are working on emergency response efforts.
New York became the latest state to declare emergency after Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland and North Carolina began implementing measures to tackle the massive storm.
A state of emergency would enable New York to use state resources to assist local governments more effectively and quickly.
“In this emergency I am activating all levels of state government to prepare for any situation that may be caused by Hurricane Irene,” Mr. Cuomosaid on Friday.
“We are communicating with our federal and local partners to track the storm and to plan a coordinated response, and we will deploy resources as needed to the areas expected to be hit the hardest.”...being a human...
08-26-2011, 10:40 AM #2
08-26-2011, 10:57 AM #3
08-28-2011, 07:36 PM #4
New York shuts down ahead of Hurricane IreneTimes Square emptied out and evacuation shelters filled up as New York City shut down on Saturday ahead of Hurricane Irene, which charged up the East Coast on a direct path toward the world financial capital.
New Yorkers deserted the streets and took cover from a rare hurricane headed their way, only five have tracked within 75 miles of the city since records have been kept. The full impact of heavy rain, powerful winds and a surging sea was expected through Sunday morning.
Rain was reported throughout the city and the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch in addition to the hurricane warning.
A smattering of food and liquor stores stayed open while the public transit system that moves 8.5 million people each weekday halted operations, also a first, as the giant 580-mile-wide storm unleashed 80 miles per hour winds, grounding aircraft along the eastern seaboard.
At Brooklyn Tech High School shelter, evacuees watched weather reports on a large television screen in the auditorium while others dined on mozzarella sticks, string beans, milk and apple sauce....being a human...
08-28-2011, 07:40 PM #5
08-30-2011, 12:59 AM #6
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