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Hurricane Irene – Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency in New York in preparation for the potential impact of Hurricane Irene, which may hit the state this weekend.

Declaring a state of emergency before the storm enables the state to assist local governments more effectively and quickly, to bring in resources from out of state, and to utilize federal resources earlier.

Hurricane Irene is barreling toward North Carolina early today with landfall expected Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon. Forecasters said the storm will hit eastern North Carolina as a Category 3 storm with winds estimated at 115 miles per hour. Mandatory evacuations of coastal North Carolina residents will take place throughout the day on Friday. Officials are expected to order evacuations Friday as far north as New Jersey. Forecasters said early Friday the storm is as large as the Southeast, and has the potential to affect as many as 65 million people as it moves north along the East Coast of the U.S.

Even the mayor of New York City is considering mandatory evacuations. Officials there are watching forecasts to determine the storm’s anticipated strength as it moves north. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said officials expect to shut down the city’s entire transit system Saturday afternoon ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irene. He said service likely won’t be available again until sometime Monday or perhaps later. A transportation official said the system cannot operate with sustained winds of 39 mph.

 

SOURCE: The Business Review

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