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article imageHurricane Irene has made landfall in North Carolina, NYC prepares

By KJ Mullins     Aug 27, 2011 in Environment
Hurricane Irene reached the shores of North Carolina with 85 mph winds at 6:15 a.m. Saturday. Thousands of residents and visitors to the state's beach towns had already left before the waves slammed the coast.
The eye of the storm crossed near Cape Lookout around 7:30 a.m.
Hurricane Irene is now a Category One storm. Despite the weakened category the storm is still expected to be a dangerous one because of its massive size. Hurricane Irene is almost 500 miles wide with possible storm surges of four to seven feet.
MSNBC is reporting that one person was washed away in the water and expected to have drowned as a result. Some parts of North Carolina have reported eight inches of rain.
Around 200,000 North Carolinians are without power. North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue is asking that residents stay inside.
The storm has now reached the nation's capitol. Washington D.C. has declared a state of emergency.
All airport traffic and subways in NYC will be shutdown at noon.
As New York City prepares for Irene's arrival alerts are going out. Taxi drivers have been told that they must accept any animals that are being brought to their cabs with passengers. All shelters will be pet friendly.
Red Cross shelters are lining the coast line as well preparing for the largest storm to hit New England in 70 years.
As reports come in about damage they will be added to the story.
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