Hurricane Irene lashes US coast

Sabir Saleem August 27, 2011 0

Hurricane Irene makes landfall as it hit North Carolina, on the US east coast, bringing winds of more than 85 mph (140km/h), as millions are ordered to flee.

More than two million people have been ordered to leave their homes ahead of the massive category one storm.

In New York City, a quarter of a million people living in low-lying areas have been told to leave in an unprecedented mandatory evacuation.

The city mayor warned it was “foolish” and “dangerous” to ignore the order.

Irene is a “life-threatening storm” for New Yorkers, Michael Bloomberg told a news conference early on Saturday

New York State is one of seven states from North Carolina to Connecticut have declared emergencies.

US President Barack Obama has warned Irene could be “a historic hurricane”.

He has urged people in the projected path of Hurricane Irene – the first hurricane of the Atlantic season – to take precautions.

“Don’t wait, don’t delay. All of us have to take this storm seriously,” he said on Friday, before cutting short his holiday in Martha’s Vineyard on the Massachusetts coast, to head back to Washington

Source: BBC

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