A Look at Irene's Wake - And What's Ahead

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Weather Central

Weather Central

(AP)-The latest on what's happening with Hurricane Irene - in its wake and in its path as it moves north along the Eastern Seaboard:

RIGHT NOW:

- THE STORM - A weakening but still dangerous Hurricane Irene shut down New York and menaced other cities as it steamed up the East Coast on Saturday, dumping up to a foot of rain on North Carolina and Virginia and knocking out power to nearly 1.9 million homes and businesses. At least eight people were killed.

- VIRGINIA COAST - Irene lashes Hampton Roads area on Virginia
coast with hurricane force winds, moving north-northeast.

- POWER OUTAGES - Irene causes nearly two million homes and
businesses to lose power.

- NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYED - At least 7,500 National Guard troops have been deployed to provide help to states affected by the storm.

- NEW YORK CITY- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the edge
of Irene has reached the city and it's no longer safe to be outside.

AHEAD OF THE STORM:

- NEW YORK CITY - High winds and heavy rains have hit New York
City. Irene predicted to make landfall midday Sunday as a Category
1 storm between New Jersey and Cape Cod.

- WASHINGTON, D.C. - Irene bears down on the nation's capital, which hasn't been hit by a hurricane in more than half a century.

- STORM SURGE - Storm surges along coasts of Virginia, Delaware,
the Jersey Shore, as well as New York Harbor and Long Island Sound.

- TORNADOES - Tornado watches and warnings are in effect along the East Coast ahead of Irene.

- SHELTERS - The American Red Cross had well over 150 shelters
open from North Carolina to Connecticut. More than 10,000 people in
New Jersey and New York were at shelters Saturday night.

- TRANSIT SHUTDOWN - Public transit in Philadelphia and New York
shut down ahead of Irene.

- TRAVEL - Airlines scrap more than 9,000 flights this weekend from North Carolina to Boston.

- NEW ENGLAND - Irene predicted to reach northern New England Sunday night.

BEHIND THE STORM:

- OUTER BANKS - Irene made its official landfall just after first light near Cape Lookout, N.C., at the southern end of the Outer Banks, the ribbon of land that bows out into the Atlantic Ocean. Shorefront hotels and houses were lashed with waves. Two piers were destroyed, and at least one hospital was forced to run on generator power.

- SURFER KILLED IN FLORIDA - Surfer is killed off the central Florida coast after being tossed off his board by heavy waves caused by Irene. Also, a New Jersey tourist died when he drowned in the rough surf.

- TREE KILLS BOY - An 11-year-old boy was killed when a tree crashed through a Virginia apartment building in Newport News, Va.
Winds were gusting well above 60 mph in the area. Two others in
Virginia also were killed by falling tree limbs.

- MAN KILLED BY LIMB - A man was crushed by a large limb that blew off a tree in Nash County, N.C., outside Raleigh.

- N.C. FLASH FLOOD - Flash flood warnings have been canceled for
North Carolina.


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