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Chesapeake Bay Bridge

August 28, 2011 by USA Post 

Chesapeake Bay BridgeChesapeake Bay Bridge, Hurricane Irene struck the coast of North Carolina this morning as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum winds of 85 miles per hour. Throughout speeds the night the wind was high and the rain had lashed the east coast.

Maryland, North Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Connecticut have all declared emergencies.

“Many roads are impassable due to flooding,” said Allen Smith, Chief of Police in Atlantic Beach, in an interview. “The worst of the storm has not arrived yet.”

The storm center of the Cape Lookout around 7:30 am Eastern Time. The Sheraton Hotel in Atlantic Beach, about 15 kilometers from the cape, was part of the wooden pier as the waves swept swept the rest of the hotel.

The core of the storm would pass over North Carolina coast today, predicted by the center. Is then transmitted through the night in the mid-Atlantic and reach southern New England tomorrow. Irene is the strongest storm to hit the Northeast since Hurricane Gloria in 1985. Over 65 million people may be in the path of the storm. Governors of states lying in the path of the storm have declared emergencies and evacuations have been ordered in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Atlantic City in New Jersey.

The storm will bring rain and constant wind to North Carolina for up to 24 hours, resulting in the flooding, Gov. Bev Perdue told the media persons yesterday.

“It’s still a powerful storm,” said Ernie Seneca, a spokesman for the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, in a telephone interview.

There are numerous reports of bombings of power, Seneca said. About 200,000 customers of Raleigh-based reporting Progress Energy were without power company, said spokeswoman Julia Milstead in a telephone interview.

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