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How Hurricane Irene is Affecting States
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How Hurricane Irene is Affecting States

Here is a state-by-state glance on how Hurricane Irene is affecting states along the Eastern Seaboard as of Saturday, August 27th:

   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.

   -- No mandatory evacuations.

   -- 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 declared 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 by 9 a.m. Saturday.

   -- Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.

   -- State opened shelters in all three counties.

   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 and coastal Worcester County.

   -- Governor declared emergency.

   -- 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 were issued for Martha's Vineyard. A hurricane watch is 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 declared emergency for the state.

   -- 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

   -- 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.

   -- More than 90,000 lose power.

   -- Hurricane warning for entire coast.

   -- Governor and president declared emergency for the state.

   -- Eighteen eastern counties under some form of mandatory or voluntary evacuation.

   -- Frisco Fire Chief ordered 75 body bags to supplement the town's normal supply of 10.

   -- 1,300 prisoners evacuated from two coastal prisons.

   -- Ferry service suspended Friday and will not resume until winds subside.

   -- Last hurricane to hit was Isabel in 2003.

   -- More than 60 shelters open in 26 counties.

   PENNSYLVANIA

   -- Hurricane warnings in effect for Philadelphia and suburban Delaware County, with tropical storm warnings in effect for three other suburban counties.

   -- State of emergency declared in advance of expected arrival of wind and rain.

   -- Tropical storm conditions could begin as early as Saturday afternoon.

   -- Half-foot or more of rain expected in already-sodden communities. Philadelphia has already set an a single-month record for rain with more than 13 inches.

   -- Mass transit serving Philadelphia and its suburbs will halt at 12:30 a.m. Sunday because of the hurricane.

   -- Mandatory evacuations have not been ordered.

   -- Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.

   -- Flood and flash flood watches are in effect for nine other counties in eastern 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.

   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

   -- Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall around 2 a.m. Sunday.

   -- Hurricane watch for coast.

   -- 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.

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

   -- 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.

   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.

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