Hurricane Irene Path Toward NYC

Hurricane Irene is expected to hit New York metro area within 36 hours, following the introduction of state of emergency in New Jersey. Irene, the strongest storm to reach the East Coast in seven years, may cause billions of dollars in damages and virtually all coastal states north of Florida should be prepared to face a hurricane of Category 2 or 3.

Hurricane Irene Path

At present, huge ocean waves caused by Irene are hitting Outer Banks in North Carolina, following a destructive Thursday in the Bahamas, where a million people lack electrical power after Irene attacked the islands. Hopefully, the hurricane is going to weaken before it reaches large cities like New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington D.C.

Gov. Bev Perdue and President Barack Obama both declared states of emergency in North Carolina, which will be the first state to “welcome” Irene along its path toward New York City. The Big Apple is also in state of emergency just like the United States capital, where federal officials postponed the Sunday dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall. The nation’s capital and NYC are in close proximity by the standards of a Category 3 storm, therefore, both cities could be hit hard by Irene if it is not weaker at the time it is approaching the NYC metro area.

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