August 26th, 2011
02:31 PM ET

Live blog: Hurricane warning issued for New York, surrounding coastal areas

Hurricane Irene will parallel the Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coasts Friday as it approaches a Saturday landfall in North Carolina.

Officials in counties and cities along much of the East Coast ordered evacuations.

Follow the latest developments here, or read the full CNN Wire story:

[Updated 11:00 p.m.] New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said cats and dogs would be welcome at the emergency shelters set up for people fleeing the storm.

“If you have your pet bring them with you. … No one should be staying in their homes in an endangered area because they feel like they can't bring their pets with them," Christie said.

Mark Lavorgna, a mayoral spokesman, confirmed that pets are allowed in the 91 emergency evacuation shelters set up in preparation for Hurricane Irene. But “we strongly, strongly argue against it,” he said. “We urge people to bring their pets to friends or familiy’s houses or shelters outside Zone A, but if people need to bring them they can,” said Lavorgna. “They should come leashed and muzzled.”

[Updated 10:36 p.m.] North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue told CNN's Anderson Cooper that the state was prepared but cautious. "We urge people to just be really aware. It doesn't sound like a huge storm right now - 50 mile-an-hour winds - but we think it's going to stay over our state 10 or 12 hours and that's where the problem becomes," she said.

Perdue then referenced reports of a bowl-shaped part of the low-lying coastline that is especially vulnerable to high waters.

"That bowl that you were talking about earlier full of water, it's going to dump somewhere, and when it dumps there's going to be a surge of water and who knows what'll happen," Perdue said.

Irene targets heavily populated, least prepared urban areas

[Updated 10:23 p.m.] The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will be closed Saturday through Monday because of Hurricane Irene, according to Jane Ahern, public affairs chief of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.

All units of the Gateway National Recreation Area, Governor’s Island and all National Park sites in Manhattan will be closed to visitors Saturday and Sunday, with a chance of opening Monday depending on storm damage and a safety assessment.

“The safety of our visitors and employees is our top priority at this time,” said National Parks of New York Harbor Commissioner Maria Burkes. “Our park employees are currently working diligently to protect park resources per our Emergency Response Plans.”

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[Updated 10:05 p.m.] Russell Honoré, the general famous for his management of the federal government's military response to Hurricane Katrina, told CNN's Piers Morgan Friday night that local authorities were right in calling for mass evacuations in low-lying areas along the Eastern Seaboard.

“I think we have had a cultural shift in government because, working with hurricanes for about the last 10 to 12 years while I was in uniform, local governments and governors were reluctant to make that decision to evacuate because of the impact [of what would happen] if they evacuated people and the storm didn’t come," he said. "But the options of not evacuating people, with the warnings that we have now and the accuracy of prediction, (it) needs to be done,” Honoré said.

[Updated 9:53 p.m.] Maryland's Martin O'Malley was one of several East Coast governors to declare a state of emergency in advance of the storm. Residents of low-lying areas in the state were told to evacuate ahead of what the governor called "a very dangerous and potentially deadly hurricane."

The governor said Friday that "anybody that thinks that this is a normal hurricane and that they can just stick it out is being both selfish, stupid and also diverting essential public safety assets away from the task at hand, which is safeguarding lives and getting people out of the way."

[Updated 9:40 p.m.] The Port Authority has announced the closing of five airports - JFK International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Teterboro and Stewart International - to all arriving passenger flights, international and domestic, starting at noon Saturday.

[Updated 9:15 p.m.] Ed Rappaport, deputy director of the National Hurricane Center, spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper Friday night, stressing the strength and size of the storm heading toward the Northeast.

“For some folks this will be the most significant event perhaps in 20 years from a tropical system,” Rappaport said.

He said unlike typical storms that follow a similar trajectory and curve move toward the sea, Irene"s forecast track comes very close to the shore.

"That means all the weather that's usually, in this case, worst to the east will be much closer to the metropolitan areas this time around," Rappaport said, "and in fact will definitely hit the southern New England area and since there are strong winds, high surge right near the center of the storm, we'll see some of that along the East Coast as well."

[Updated 8:53 p.m.] “The core of the hurricane” was barreling toward the North Carolina coast Friday night, the National Weather Service said in a bulletin. “The hurricane is forecast to move near or over the Mid-Atlantic Coast Saturday night and move over southern New England on Sunday.”

The weather service said maximum sustained winds would remain near 100 mph - a category two hurricane - and wouldn’t weaken until some time Sunday.

“Interests in southeastern Canada should monitor the progress of Irene,” the weather service said.

 [Updated 8:38 p.m.] The Giants-Jets game, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed until Monday, the NFL said in a press release.

"Along with the NFL office and the Jets, we have closely monitored the hurricane and the forecast and its potential impact on our area for the past several days," said Giants President and CEO John Mara. "After conferring with (New Jersey) Governor (Chris) Christie, (Jets owner) Woody Johnson and (NFL) Commissioner (Roger) Goodell, we have determined the best course of action for the safety and well being of all is to move the game to Monday night."

See other events postponed or canceled

[Updated 6:33 p.m.] With public transportation halted due to the incoming storm, all Broadway performances on Saturday and Sunday have been canceled, according to Paul Libin, chairman of the Broadway League.

“The safety and security of theatregoers and employees is everyone's primary concern,” Libin said. “As a result of the suspension of public transportation by government authorities in preparation of Hurricane Irene, all performances will be cancelled on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th.”

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[Updated 6:08 p.m.] The mayor of Annapolis, Maryland, declared an emergency and announced that more police officers will be on patrol in the city.

Police Chief Michael Pristoop warned residents to take police orders seriously. “Everyone needs to be prepared for the worst," he said. "I encourage everyone to evacuate the low-lying areas of Annapolis before Saturday afternoon. Make sure you secure your homes and belongings.  Once we begin to feel the affects of the hurricane, everyone should stay off the streets as wires and trees may come down. Don't put yourself in harm's way and don't put our emergency personnel in a position that could have been avoided."

Obama: Irene likely to be 'historic'

[Updated 5:47 p.m.] President Barack Obama has declared an emergency in New York as the state and surrounding region brace for Hurricane Irene’s impact.

Obama’s order mobilizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and means federal aid will be used to buoy state and local relief efforts in preparation for the storm.

[Updated at 5:00 p.m.] A hurricane warning has been issued from north of Sandy Hook to Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts, including New York, Long Island, Long Island Sound, coastal Connecticut and Rhode Island, Block Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

[Updated at 4:34 p.m.] Greyhound said it has delayed or canceled several East Coast routes in preparation for the storm.

Some routes originating in New York; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Richmond, Virginia; Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, North Carolina, have been either pushed back or canceled, the company said on its website.

[Updated at 4:15 p.m.] The Red Cross plans to open shelters and dispatch more than 200 mobile feeding vehicles to the East Coast to aid people in the storm's path, the organization said on its website.

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"The Red Cross is moving volunteers, vehicles and supplies, getting ready for a response effort that spans nearly the entire East Coast," Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross, said in a statement on the site. "We want everyone in the storm's path to get ready as well by getting a disaster kit, making a family emergency plan, and listening to local officials regarding evacuations."

[Updated at 2:31 p.m.] Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said his city, which is under hurricane warning, will not order evacuations but urged residents, especially those in flood-prone areas, to use common sense and evacuate if necessary.

Significant localized flooding is expected, he said, as are power outages that could last for several hours or even days. He said the city will open three shelters Saturday evening with a maximum capacity to accommodate 6,000 people.

[Updated at 2:26 p.m.] The first family will accompany President Barack Obama when he departs Martha's Vineyard to return to Washington on Friday evening, a White House spokesman said.

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[Updated at 2:21 p.m.] American Airlines has tentatively canceled all flights in the Washington area from noon Saturday to noon Sunday, said spokesman Ed Martelle. The airline has also canceled all flights at Raleigh-Durham International Airport scheduled for Saturday.

JetBlue has canceled almost 900 flights in the Northeast ahead of the storm. Most of those are Sunday and Monday flights out of the New York metro area and Boston, said spokesman Mateo Lleras.

[Updated at 2:10 p.m.] Hurricane Irene's winds have dropped to 100 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 2 p.m., the service reported, the hurricane was about 300 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, moving north at 14 mph.

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[Updated at 2:01 p.m.] New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said low-lying sections of the city, mostly along the city's waterfront, are under mandatory evacuation orders. The mandatory evacuations, which affect all five boroughs, are the first in New York's history, he said.

Click here to see the areas being evacuated.

[Updated at 1:50 p.m.] Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said 30 agencies are coordinating ahead of Hurricane Irene’s weekend arrival. The state is taking several precautions, he said, including drawing down state reservoirs to provide additional capacity in the event of torrential rains.

Residents should make certain they have supplies and enough food, water, batteries and necessary medications to last for a couple of days.

The worst of the storm is expected Saturday night into Sunday, Patrick said, and downed trees and power lines are expected. He urged residents to stay off the roads. If travel is a must, try to complete it Friday before the storm arrives, he said.

As for air travel, the governor said, as of now, Logan International Airport will remain open, but there will “undoubtedly” be service interruptions.

Patrick said he was aware that this is one of the last summer weekends and said boaters and swimmers should be cautious about riptides and strong currents.

[1:46 p.m. ET] Hurricane Irene threatens nearly 10% of the nation's oil refining capacity that lies in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware, CNNMoney reports.

Gasoline futures traded in New York have spiked, rising 10 cents a gallon this week, largely on fears there will be a disruption in output from the refineries, barge routes or pipelines serving the heavily populated Eastern Seaboard.

[1:42 p.m. ET] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered up to 900 National Guard troops to report for storm relief efforts.

Cuomo's office also said New York bridges will be closed to traffic if sustained wind speeds exceed 60 mph. The New York State Thruway and possibly other major highways will also be closed if those wind speeds are reached as Hurricane Irene passes.

[1:32 p.m. ET] The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority will begin a systemwide shutdown beginning at noon Saturday, the New York governor's office says.

[1:23 p.m. ET] The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will halt all service beginning at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says. It is the first time ever for such an event.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says New Jersey Transit will suspend service beginning at noon Saturday.

[1:10 p.m. ET] Evacuations have begun at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, official says. About 240 patients will be moved. The hospital is about 2 feet above sea level.

[12:56 p.m ET] President Barack Obama will depart Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, this evening, White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said. The National Hurricane Center says it expects to tropical weather watches and warnings to be extended to the New England area this afternoon.

[12:43 p.m. ET] The PGA Tour says The Barclays tournament in Edison, New Jersey, will be shortened to 54 holes so it can be completed before Hurricane Irene moves into the area. The tournament will be complete at the end of Saturday's third round, the PGA Tour said in a statement. The tournament is the first of four playoff events for the tour's FedExCup championship.

Also, Major League Soccer said Saturday's game between the Portland Timbers and D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington has been postponed. A make-up date will be announced next week, the league said.

[12:22 p.m. ET] The U.S. Army has ordered the evacuation of Fort Monroe, Virginia, the home of its Training and Doctrine Command. The installation will close at 6 p.m. Friday and will not reopen until any damage from Hurricane Irene has been assessed, according to the fort's website. The fort is on an island at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay.

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[11:49 a.m. ET] Amtrak and major U.S. airlines began canceling routes and flights or putting them on a watch list as Hurricane Irene approached. Southwest Airlines said Friday it would suspend service to Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday. AirTran Airlines canceled 28 flights for Saturday, including flights to New York, Boston and Washington. A quarter of the 400 scheduled flights Saturday at Raleigh-Durham Airport had been canceled, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Check the latest travel developments here.

[11:34 a.m. ET] President Barack Obama warned people in the path of Hurricane Irene to take the dangers of the storm seriously and get prepared now.

"If you are in the projected path of this hurricane, you have to take precautions now," Obama said Friday morning. "All indications point to this being a historic hurricane."

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[11:16 a.m. ET] Staten Island University Hospital in New York has begun evacuating patients, reports. Up to 240 patients will be transferred to safer locations and other non-critical patients are being discharged, according to the report.

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[11:07 a.m. ET] The National Hurricane Center says it does not expect Hurricane Irene to strengthen before it makes landfall in North Carolina. In its 11 a.m. ET update, Irene had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph with higher gusts. Irene is a Category 2 hurricane. Category 2 storms have winds of 96 mph to 110 mph. Winds of that speed are described as extremely dangerous and capable of causing extensive damage.

[10:59 a.m. ET] The government of the Bahamas has discontinued all warnings associated with Hurricane Irene, the National Hurricane Center says.

[10:55 a.m. ET] Hurricane Irene's maximum sustained winds have dropped to 105 mph, the National Hurricane Center reports. The outer bands of the storm are nearing the North Carolina coast, it says. The storm is moving north at about 14 mph.

[10:25 a.m. ET] Power outages from Hurricane Irene could last a week or more, especially away from urban areas, FEMA administrator Craig Fugate says.

[10:21 a.m. ET] Nursing homes and a hospital in low-lying portions of the New York City area are beginning the evacuation process, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says.

[10:16 a.m. ET] "All of the planning and preparation will be in vain if people don’t heed those evacuation orders," Federal Emergency Management Administrator Craig Fugate said at a briefing Friday morning.

[10:12 a.m. ET] A total of 70 military aircraft from bases along the East Coast will take refuge from Hurricane Irene at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, CNN affiliate WDTN reports.

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[10:08 a.m. ET] Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says people in the path of Hurricane Irene could be cut off from services for days after the storm passes.

"We do anticipate a significant amount of power outage," she said

[9:53 a.m. ET] Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says residents who ignore mandatory evacuation orders could be forcibly removed by police if the officers deem their presence a threat to public welfare.

"It is the height of  selfishness not to evacuate," he told CNN.

[9:48 a.m. ET] In Hyde County, North Carolina, a caravan of school buses left Friday morning carrying evacuees, under a mandatory evacuation order, to shelters as far away as Raleigh, 140 miles away. Many of those evacuating were Hispanic employees of Charles Carawan's seafood packaging business.

But Carawan and his family weren't among those planning to leave.

The 66-year-old owner of Mattamuskeet Seafood, his wife and son plan to ride out the storm along with about $500,000 worth of frozen crab they hope to keep frozen with a rented generator.

"I have nowhere else to go," Carawan said.

[9:26 a.m. ET] Thirty-eight Navy ships have gone out to sea because of Hurricane Irene, a U.S. Navy official told CNN on Friday.

[9:01 a.m. ET] President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Hurricane Irene at 1130 a.m. this morning from his vacation home in Martha's Vineyard.

[8:52 a.m. ET] Casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, are expected to shut down for only the third time in their history as Hurricane Irene approaches, the Press of Atlantic City reports.

"We are counting all the money and putting it in the bank and taking the chips off the tables," Dennis Gomes, chief executive officer of Resorts Casino Hotel, was quoted as saying.

The casino closure is necessary as Atlantic County ordered a mandatory evacuation order for all areas east of U.S. Route 9 through the county, which includes the barrier islands.

Previous casino shutdowns were from Hurricane Gloria in 1985 and in 2006 when state gaming inspectors were off the job for three days, the Press reported.

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[8:39 a.m. ET] Insurers could be footing a massive bill from Hurricane Irene, CNNMoney reports.

Shares of Allstate, MetLife and the Travelers Companies Inc. fell 3% Thursday in anticipation of Hurricane Irene, which was heading for a long swath of coastline from North Carolina to New York.

Insurers have had a bad year, stemming from destructive storms that swept through the Midwest and Southern states in the spring.

Insured losses could total $13.9 billion, according to a Bloomberg report.

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[8:06 a.m. ET] Tropical storm conditions are expected to hit the North Carolina coast in the late morning to early afternoon, says Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center.

Read says that will just be the beginning of a weekend of dangerous weather for the East Coast, as Hurricane Irene brings high winds, heavy rain and dangerous surf to areas from North Carolina northward to Maine.

“It will not be safe at the beaches anywhere on the Eastern Seaboard this weekend,” said.

Inland areas can expect problems, too.

"Very heavy rain on saturated soil will lead to flash flooding," Read said.

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[8:00 a.m. ET] Hurricane Irene remains a high-level Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, the National Hurricane Center says.

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[7:34 a.m. ET] Ferry evacuations from barrier islands in North Carolina are nearly complete, Gov. Beverly Perdue said Friday morning.

"We're praying for the best and preparing for the worst," Perdue told CNN.

See the latest state-by-state updates on Hurricane Irene.

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[7:30 a.m. ET] Hurricane Irene could hit New Jersey during the weekend with the strength of a Category 2 storm. The Newark Star-Ledger reports that while tropical storms are common in the state, it has only been hit by two tropical systems at hurricane strength, in 1903 and 1821.

[7:20 a.m. ET] A mandatory evacuation of barrier islands in Cape May County, New Jersey, has been ordered beginning at 8 a.m. Friday.

Cape May County Emergency Management Director Frank McCall said as many as 760,00 people including residents and vacationers could be in the county, according to a report from the Cape May County Herald.

[6:26 a.m. ET] New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority says a partial or full shut down of transit services in the New York City area may be necessary as Hurricane Irene approaches.

According to the New York Daily News, the authority would begin to stop services 12 hours before the storm makes landfall. A shutdown would follow a 10- to 12-hour evacuation period that would take place during daylight, the Daily News reports.

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[6:05 a.m. ET] Eight people were injured in Boynton Beach, Florida, on Thursday when a wave estimated at nine feet high swept them off a jetty, CNN affiliate WPTV-TV reports.

"It's not really describable, it was like a wall of water. It took me, put me down, and pushed me up against the other rail and I was pretty much pinned there until the water went back out," victim Spencer Kinard told WPTV.

The eight suffered injuries including broken bones, cuts and bruises, according to the WPTV report.

[5:58 a.m. ET] Hurricane Irene could bring a storm surge of six to 11 feet above normal levels along the North Carolina coast, the National Hurricance Center warns in its 5 a.m. update.

Surge could be four to eight feet in Chesapeake Bay and three to six feet on the New Jersey shore, the hurricane center says.

High, dangerous waves will ride atop the storm surge.

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[5:51 a.m. ET] The temporary home of a top tourist attraction in Nassau, Bahamas, was destroyed by Hurricane Irene, the Palm Beach Post reports.

A large tent that has been the home of the city's straw market, a maze of vendors selling woven baskets, beaded necklaces and other souvenirs, was blown apart by Irene's winds, the paper reports.

The market has been in the tent since 2001 after its original location was destroyed by fire.

[5:36 a.m. ET] Hurricane Irene is bringing up memories of Hurricane Isabel from September 2003 for people on North Carolina's Outer Banks, CNN affiliate WRAL-TV reports.

Isabel made landfall between Ocracoke and Cape Lookout as a Category 2 storm with a storm surge of six to eight feet, WRAL reported.

Isabel carved a new inlet out of Hatteras Island.

"It looked like a bomb had hit Hatteras Island. It was a total wipe-out of Hatteras Village," WRAL quoted tackle shop owner Stephen Hissy as saying.

[5:15 a.m. ET] Hurricane Irene weakened slightly in the National Hurricane Center's 5 a.m. update. The storm is now a Category 2 hurricane as its winds fell to 110 mph, just below the 111 mph threshold for a Category 3 storm.

Hurricane watches and warnings have been extended up the East Coast.

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soundoff (716 Responses)
  1. Bill S

    I have never seen such overblown news hype about a Cat 2 or 1 Hurricane. The Northeast is full of a bunch of blubbering babies. A Cat 2 or 1 here in Fla. is like a bad thunderstorm.The flooding will clean out your garage, and that's a good thing.

    August 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madge

      Bill S is also the same guy who will scream the loudest after the storm that the government didn't do enough to protect homes and hospitals and businesses.

      August 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • sh9350a

      you're dumb.

      August 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDCyclist

      Sorry, Bill. You should try to learn more about weather and hurricanes. This is not your ordinary hurricane. Go ahead and read about it on The path, the size, and the area it's impacting are all factors contributing to the seriousness of this event. The media is not over-hyping it. You'll see... damage and loss of life will be significant. It will be people like you who live in its path that will be hardest hit – people who don't understand weather, hurricanes, don't trust experts, and don't take evacuation orders seriously.

      August 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      @ Bill S

      You're an idiot. It's not the Cat # of the hurricane that's the issue, it's the size. This is the largest (area-wise) hurricane in almost 50 years. It's going to affect a lot of people

      August 26, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Its all perception. Democrats have none.

      Umm, Katrina and This storm, nothing alike. The East Coast is ABOVE sea level and rising(Check Earthquake article for east coast). Katrina, below sea level protected by levees(THAT BROKE).

      Nice Pump story for the Idiot in Charge to get his sheep whining.

      August 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      No, Mike, Mad, SD you're the idiots. Most of the people affected by this storm will be affected by no more than a strong thunderstorm with some hail. Quit making it out like its the end of the world and your "SO PREPARED".

      August 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      I don't remember the numbers from earlier, but wait until those 650K or 6.5M fleeing residents find out they spent thousands of hours and dollars fleeing little more than a strong hail storm. Because they were warned there could be massive flooding. LOL. Good Job with the money(or excuse to hide money).

      August 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • coop19

      Yep CAT3 direct hit on the Bahamas did a number ...ZERO dead, no injuries.

      August 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      What is this supposed to be, like the 200th defining moments in Obama's career? How he handles the flooding(chuckle) of the east coast(above sea level and rising)? LMFAO. Yep! Hero through and through. LOL!

      August 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meme Suznavick

      The group above was created for friends and families in Worcester County, Md Ocean City, Berlin, Snow Hill and Pocomoke
      We will try to keep it going after the power is out through cell phones. One connection already made for a family from Colorado.

      August 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill S

      Sorry dudes, been there done that. Lost everything in Hugo, Cat 4 hitting Charleston. But still recovered and insurance is important. A Cat 1 or 2 is minor and you will see that this is over-kill for a small, wind-speed, but granted, wide, storm. This is no Katrina or Andrew. It's just becaiset it affects a bunch of Northeast big cities that CNN, weather channel and all the media are abuzz.

      August 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill S

      @ SD Cyclist...obviously, you can't read. I live in FLORIDA, the land of hurricanes and Irene will not/has not impacted the west coast of Fla. at all. To assume that I won't evacuate is just stupid. Yes, I would evacuate in a minute if a 3, 4, or 5 was heading toward west Florida. But you obviously don't even understand how hurricanes work.

      August 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • sh9350a

      I take it balls deep in the rear

      August 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Got to agree with Bill S. Lived through too many wolf cries here.

      August 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dustin

    I'm a block from TimesSquare if you have some free time feel free to watch my live stream all with live weather updates, live video, and live callin's from around the effected area. dustinschmidt[dot]me/hurricane

    August 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      We're live with Dustin, downtown NY, how are you faring there Dustin, I hear its getting pretty serious with all the Wind and Rain? Any Comment?

      August 26, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Dustin?... Dustin!!!?!!! Are you still alive!?!

      August 26, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Connie

    BREAKING NEWS. Really. LIke we didn't know last week this hurricane was coming yet today its BREAKING NEWS.

    August 26, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill in Florida

      Are you really that f cking stupid that you complain about a Cat 2 hurricane soon to make lanfdfall along the Atlantic coast being termed a BREAKING NEWS story?

      August 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Hey Bill, who's complaining? It's just funny is all. What a joke of a Story. "Storm for the History Books" LMFAO!!! What a joke of a leader.

      August 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Melanie

    I"m always amazed with the people who live in hurricane areas, and it's hurricane season, and they can't keep food and water on hand; year after year they rush out to the supermarkets at the last possible second to buy something they could have just gone to their basement to retrieve if only they'd kept it on hand and been prepared.

    August 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill in Florida

      I agree with you about being prepared. But I'll point out that no home in Florida has a basement because the water table is so close to the surface.

      August 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill S

      Yes, you're right we have no basements. But just like our garages, some basements in the NE need to be cleaned out, so I maintain it's a good thing. Americans have too much stuff. 🙂

      August 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jennifer

    I live in Houston and went thru both Hurricane Ike and Katrina. It's scary! It's the aftermath that is hard to deal with. Damage to your home, no electricity or water, grocery stores closed, gas stations closed. I hope the people that are being impacted by this hurricane evacuate and be safe!

    August 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JonahBC

    I feel a little relief this time that your government & local charitable organizations are preparing for the "worst thought of scenario "... Be safe my friends... xxoo Canada

    August 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brendan

    Also following this storm at Brendan's Weather:
    Would love to hear your comments!

    August 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meenah

      Ignorance in abundance as usual. The news is not just over exaggerating what is possible with this storm. I live in Georgia and don't live in NY, FL and did not live in LA during Katrina but do understand the damage that comes with a hurricane or even a tropical storm such as Elberto that hit us in '94. In a large populated area such as NY, lower Manhattan, the Bronx, and NJ, the main concern is flooding. LaGuardia under 20 feet is nothing to worrry about? The tunnels leading in and out flooded and the subway system flooding and possibly collapsing is nothing to think twice about? Please! Just because a Cat. 2 hurricane doesn't affect you in a certain way doesn't mean it won't somewhere like NY whre millions live!

      August 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lou50

    this puts it in perspective. a cat 2 at 100 MPH and a four more MPH drop off will make it a cat 1. it is going into to cool water and traveling at 14 MPH. the president says it will be "Historic" I can believe that as showing what a real idiot he is.

    August 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill in Florida

      Clearly, you're the idiot - and a very ignorant one at that. This storm, to impact heavily-populated areas not used to hurricanes, will easily cause $5 billion in damages, with massive flooding possibly all the way up the Potomac to Washington, D.C.

      August 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Acaraho

    Prepare well, watch "The Day After Tomorrow" before the hurricane hits, and gain a respect for Nature.

    August 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ernie

    What about the under ground highway tunnels in leading to Manhattan?

    August 26, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael

    Bill your stupid. Im 16 and even i know that this storm is a big deal. new york citys highest elevation is 12.7 feet. a large storm surge would be devistating to the city considering that most of the city was built below sea level. i lived in hawaii for most of my life and we had tropical storms consistantly. they were very real, very serious, and very dangerous so i would do your research because just because your from Florida you might not know all of the facts.

    August 26, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    How this got to be a political debate is beyond me...
    Take the warnings, or don't.
    Your choice.

    JIF, I hope you and your family are all right.

    August 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mr. Finger

    Historic proportions!

    Last time I heard Mr. O. speak of history, it was he, and only he, who could right the economy now.

    Perhaps the earthquake caused more damage than we know...

    August 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
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