August 27th, 2011
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Irene reaches North Carolina today

hurricane ireneNorth Carolina: More than 2 million people were told to move to safer places as hurricane Irene is expected to lash across East Coast. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in parts of four states. Seven states from North Carolina to Connecticut have declared emergencies ahead of Irene’s arrival.

President Barack Obama has warned that Hurricane Irene could be a “historic” storm. Even as the hurricane looms off the East Coast President Barrack Obama reqested to his people to evacuate as soon as possible. “Don’t wait. Don’t delay,” said Mr. Obama, who decided to cut short his summer vacation by a day and return to Washington. “I cannot stress this highly enough- If you are in the projected path of this hurricane, you have to take precautions now”, he said.

New York City has  ordered America’s biggest subway system shut down for the first time because of a natural disaster. Officials have called up hundreds of National Guard troops, shut down public transit systems and begged hundreds of thousands of people to obey evacuation orders. Airlines have canceled more than 2,000 weekend flights.

Irene, which has already caused havoc in the Caribbean, is expected to hit the coast of North Carolina today before barrelling northwards towards Washington and New York City tomorrow. The National Hurricane Center said, “the storm is unlikely to get any stronger and may weaken slightly before reaching land. It said Irene could weaken to a tropical storm before reaching the northern region of New England, but that even below hurricane strength it would be a powerful and potentially destructive storm.”

The category two storm has weakened a little yet is expected to make landfall with winds of up to 100mph (155km/h). This is the first hurricane warning issued for New York City in more than two decades.

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