HURRICANE IRENE

Check out how Irene is affecting Eastern states Saturday afternoon

Infrared satellite image provided by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, in Monterey, Calif., shows the status of Hurricane Irene at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26. (Photo: AP)
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Here is a state-by-state glance on how Hurricane Irene is affecting states along the Eastern Seaboard as of Saturday afternoon:

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.

VIRGINIA
- Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall around 2 a.m. Sunday.
- Hurricane watch for coast.
- 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.
- 11-year-old Virginia boy dies when tree felled by storm crashes through apartment building.
- Apparent tornado heavily damages five homes in the Sandbridge area.
- 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.

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.

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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.
- 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.

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
- 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 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.

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