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August 27, 2011 by USA Post 

Virginia Beach WebcamVirginia Beach Webcam, Tracking Hurricane Irene – webcams live video applications: The center of Hurricane Irene approached the North Carolina coast on Saturday as tropical storm conditions spread north along the coast, forecasters said.

In its update of 1 am EDT, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Irene, a Category 2 storm was about 105 miles south of Cape Lookout, North Carolina, and about 155 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and was moving northeast at 13 mph.

Hurricane winds extended 90 miles tropical-storm force winds extending 290 miles.

The storm was expected to maintain the general movement of Saturday. In its forecast track, the center of Irene is likely to approach the North Carolina coast early Saturday, then move on or near the North Carolina coast later in the morning, before passing over or near the middle of the night on the Atlantic coast Saturday and southern New England coast on Sunday.

Little change in strength is expected before the storm reaches the coast of North Carolina and some weakening may occur after that, but Irene is expected to retain hurricane strength on Sunday.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the first mandatory evacuation for low lying areas, transit officials in New York and Philadelphia, ordered the closure of traffic until noon Saturday, and President Barack Obama cut holiday Vi? A Marta for their return to Washington on Friday night.

On Friday, the president declared a state of emergency, both in Virginia and Massachusetts.

Many baseball games and other sporting events were rescheduled and dedication scheduled Sunday Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial has been postponed until next month.

A mandatory evacuation order took effect at 8 am on Hatteras Island North Carolina; Irene scrambled strong waves, the Island Free Press. Shelters open at 10 am in Roanoke Rapids, North Jackson.

Obama convened a conference call to discuss the arrangements with the team of his emergency government.

“All indications are that this is a historic hurricane,” said Obama.

“I can not emphasize this enough: If you are in the projected path of this hurricane, you have to take precautions now delay not expect all hope is not the best, but we must be prepared for … the worst.”

Obama said he spoke with the mayors and governors throughout the Eastern Seaboard Friday morning “to know that this administration is in support of their efforts to prepare for the storm and is ready to fully support the response efforts.”

Obama issued a disaster declaration for New York to accelerate the efforts of emergency relief.

Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center said in an interview with ABC that the problem with Irene is the storm is targeting population centers, for many, which could wreak havoc on power lines due to fallen trees and branches and the production of large floods.

“At a minimum, especially since I would say, in Washington, DC area through Boston when you’re on the coast there, we have problems of tide, so we’re going to have to worry about storm surge flooding in low places. And that is where your local emergency manager will evacuate people, “said Lee.

“I would say at least going to get, with tropical storm-force, winds in each of those cities. I do not see it falling apart.”

Irene intense brush with the beaches of South Florida battered and swimmers and surfers at risk of extinction, the Palm Beach Post.

Palm Beach County emergency officials said eight people were injured Thursday after a large wave knocked them on the dock of the bay north of Boca Raton.

In Jupiter, Florida, officials said a 27-year-old believed to have drowned, was found a mile from where he went to sea.

Weather warnings ranging from watches and tropical storm warnings to hurricane watches and warnings were posted along the East Coast.

Hurricane warnings were in effect from the entrance to Little River, North Carolina, north of Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts, with a tropical storm warning in effect north of Edisto Beach, SC, shortly after entry of the river, Chesapeake Bay from the point of drum in the tidal zone of the Potomac River and the north of Sagamore Beach to the Merrimack River. A tropical storm warning was in effect from the Merrimack River to Eastport, Maine.

Amtrak and major airlines began canceling flights or routes and put them on a watch list in anticipation of the storm, CNN reported.

“Everyone should take this very seriously,” said Gov. Beverly Perdue North Carolina, who declared an emergency by the state east of Interstate 95. “Everyone is telling us that this is a big problem for North Carolina.”

The National Hurricane Center said isolated tornadoes are possible over the eastern North Carolina on Saturday, and a tornado was reported in Beaufort County.

The governors of Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia also declared states of emergency, which allows states to free funds and develop resources that may be needed.

“This is a large, this is a fatal disease, this is a slow-moving hurricane is bearing down on the state of Maryland,” said Governor Martin O’Malley to declare an emergency. “There will certainly be a lot of flooding. The citizens must anticipate long periods of power outages.”

The army moved 27 ships based in Norfolk, Virginia, in the sea before the storm, CNN reported.

“Just look at the maps of the time to understand how big this storm is and how it is unique,” Bloomberg said at a press conference, “and is basically aimed for us.”

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie said residents near the coast trying to sit the storm was “not the smartest thing to do” and urged people planning a visit to the Jersey shore to rethink their plans.

“Do not go,” he said.

In Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick ordered to be drawn down reservoirs to make room for the result of torrential rains, CNN reported.

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