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State-by-state look at dangers, prep for Irene
State-by-state look at dangers, preparation for Hurricane Irene
By The Associated Press

Here is a state-by-state glance on how Hurricane Irene is affecting states along the Eastern Seaboard as of early Saturday afternoon:

CONNECTICUT

' Irene predicted to make landfall Sunday somewhere between New Jersey and Cape Cod. Storm's track forecast through central parts of Connecticut.



' Hurricane warning for coast.

' Fairfield ordered a mandatory evacuation for shoreline residents as of noon Saturday, affecting 5,000 to 6,000 people.

' Millstone nuclear power plant to be shut down if winds exceed 90 mph.

' Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

' Irene likely to cause prolonged power outages and flooding in low-lying areas along the shoreline.

' President Barack Obama and governor declare state of emergency. National Guard mobilized.

DELAWARE

' Hurricane warning statewide.

' Flood watch in effect.

' Storm center to pass near the New Jersey/Delaware coast around 8 a.m. Sunday.

' Governor orders mandatory evacuation of coastal areas.

' State opened shelters in all three counties.

' Governor says Indian River Inlet Bridge to close Saturday afternoon to all but emergency traffic.

' Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.

FLORIDA

' Surfer is killed Saturday after being tossed off his board by heavy waves caused by hurricane.

MAINE

' Irene predicted to reach northern New England Sunday night.

' Governor declared an emergency.

' Heavy rain expected to start Saturday night. Potential for flooding rains and gusty winds.

' No evacuations planned.

' Lobstermen began moving their fishing gear farther offshore to avoid damage amid expectations of 30-foot seas.

MARYLAND

' Hurricane warning for St. Mary's County and Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of the Potomac River.

' Tropical storm warning for Baltimore to Eastern Shore to D.C. suburbs.

' Flash flood watch in Baltimore-Washington metro region and southern Maryland.

' Mandatory evacuations ordered for Ocean City, coastal Worcester County, homes near cliffs in Calvert County.

' Governor declares state of emergency.

' Maryland Transit Administration announced service suspension beginning Saturday evening.

' Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.

' Assateague State Park closing until Wednesday; most state park campgrounds closed.

MASSACHUSETTS

' Irene predicted to make landfall in southern New England on Sunday.

' Hurricane warnings issued for Martha's Vineyard. Hurricane watch in effect for the coastline to the mouth of the Merrimack River.

' The governor and president declared a state of emergency. The governor deployed 500 National Guard troops, saying an additional 2,000 troops will be activated Saturday.

' Mandatory evacuations have not been ordered.

' Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

' Red Cross is positioning emergency response vehicles, mobilizing disaster workers and preparing supplies.

' Forecasts placed the storm's track through central Massachusetts.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

' Forecasters predict Irene to reach northern New England Sunday night.

' Heavy rain expected to start Saturday night. Potential for flooding rains and gusty winds.

' No evacuations planned since path uncertain.

' Governor directed state Emergency Operations Center to be opened.

' The Red Cross plans to open four shelters.

' Organizers of the annual Hampton Beach Talent Competition condensed the three-night schedule to two, telling competitors "it's one song for all the marbles."

NEW JERSEY

' Forecasters predicted storm would pass over, or more likely, near New Jersey by midday Sunday.

' Hurricane warning in effect for coastal and southern counties.

' Mandatory evacuations ordered for nearly 1 million visitors and residents of Cape May County, coastal Atlantic County and Long Beach Island.

' Governor and president declare state of emergency.

' Governor says more than 5,000 people already in shelters as hurricane threatens.

' New Jersey Transit trains and buses to shut down Saturday.

' Last hurricane to hit the state was remnants of Hurricane Floyd in 1999, which caused major flooding inland.

' Atlantic City casinos shutting down for only the third time since gambling was legalized 33 years ago.

NEW YORK

' Irene predicted to make landfall Sunday as a Category 1 storm between New Jersey and Cape Cod.

' Hurricane watch and a flood watch issued for Long Island, New York City and suburban Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties.

' Mandatory evacuations ordered for New York City residents in low-lying coastal areas that are home to 370,000.

' The governor declared a state of emergency and the state's Office of Emergency Management increased staffing in its underground bunker.

' New York City's public transit to be halted around noon Saturday because of the hurricane. The five New York-area airports will stop allowing incoming flights at noon Saturday. Many departures were also canceled.

' Taxis in New York City were to switch from metered fares to zone fares Saturday morning.

NORTH CAROLINA

' Hurricane warning for entire coast.

' Governor and president declared emergency for the state; Eighteen eastern counties under some form of mandatory or voluntary evacuation.

' Irene made landfall Saturday morning near Cape Lookout. Storm surge prediction of up to 11 feet in Pamlico Sound and up to 9 feet along Outer Banks.

' Two storm-related deaths reported Saturday: One man killed in Nash County after a tree limb falls on him outside his home. A child dies in Goldsboro after the car she was in crashes at an intersection where hurricane had knocked out power to traffic lights.

' By early afternoon, more than 580,000 people were left without electricity.

' The Neuse River pours over its banks and into the city of New Bern. Several dozen people had to be rescued from homes as up to 4 feet of water rushed in.

' More than 60 shelters open in 26 counties.

' 1,300 prisoners evacuated from two coastal prisons.

' Ferry service suspended until winds subside.

' Last hurricane to hit was Isabel in 2003.

PENNSYLVANIA

' Hurricane warnings in effect for Philadelphia and Delaware counties. Tropical storm warnings in effect for other parts of eastern Pennsylvania.

' Governor declares state of emergency.

' Tropical storms forecast as early as Saturday afternoon.

' Half-foot or more of rain expected. In Philadelphia, the rain forecast follows an already single-month record of more than 13 inches.

' Mass transit serving Philadelphia and its suburbs to halt at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

' Residents of low-lying areas in two Delaware County communities told to evacuate.

' Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.

' Flood and flash flood watches are in effect for parts of northeastern and central Pennsylvania through Sunday.

RHODE ISLAND

' Irene predicted to make landfall Sunday. Six to 10 inches of rain expected to fall starting as early as Saturday night.

' State of emergency declared.

' Hurricane watch issued for much of the state. Tropical storm watch for portions of two inland counties.

' Mandatory evacuations ordered for low-lying communities in Narragansett, South Kingstown and Bristol by 10 a.m. Sunday. Parts of Westerly are under evacuation orders by 6 p.m. Saturday.

' Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991, which made landfall twice.

' Residents warned to expect prolonged power outages and property damage.

' Three-hundred National Guard troops on standby.

SOUTH CAROLINA

' Irene was moving away from the state Saturday morning.

' Tropical storm warnings remained in effect from Edisto Island to North Carolina state line.

' No mandatory evacuations ordered.

' Last hurricane to hit was Charley in 2004.

' Downtown Charleston reported 49 mph wind gust just before noon Friday.

' Beach erosion reported at high tide Friday evening on Edisto Island and Folly Beach.

' About 5,000 customers without power from storms in Irene's outer bands.

VERMONT

' Forecasters predict Irene to reach northern New England on Sunday night.

' Heavy rain expected to start Saturday night. Potential for flooding rains and gusty winds.

' No evacuations planned since path uncertain.

' Parts of the state hard-hit by Memorial Day weekend flash flooding were bracing for another round.

VIRGINIA.

' Hurricane watch for coast. Storm surge and rain were expected to cause flooding.

' Governor declared emergency, says people who defy mandatory evacuation orders can be prosecuted.

' Mandatory evacuations ordered for at least 11 localities, among them the Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach, a barrier island dotted with rentals, Accomack on the Eastern Shore, and for low-lying areas of Norfolk, Hampton and Portsmouth.

' Three storm-related deaths reported: A person was killed when a tree fell on a car in Brunswick County. An 11-year-old Newport News boy dies when tree felled by storm crashes through apartment building. Another man died when a house was hit by a tree.

' Apparent tornado heavily damages five homes in the Sandbridge area.

' By Saturday afternoon, more than 600,000 customers in Virginia are without electricity.

' Last hurricane to hit the state was Isabel in 2003.

' Shelters opening in at least 14 counties and 12 cities, including Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Hampton.

' The Navy ordered the Second Fleet out to sea to escape the storm.

' Interstate 85 South near Petersburg closed because of trees toppled from Hurricane Irene.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

' Tropical storm warning and flash flood watch.

' No mandatory evacuations ordered.

' Mayor has declared state of emergency.

' Last hurricane to hit was Hazel in 1954.

' One of the area's largest power suppliers warns that D.C. and surrounding suburbs could have widespread outages that could take days to restore.

' Approach of hurricane forced postponement of Sunday's dedication of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

' Impending storm prompts Walter Reed Army Medical Center to accelerate transfer of last remaining patients to new facility in Bethesda, Md.

' City gives away sandbags to residents for a second day.


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