Hurricane Irene FEMA Video Update II: “U.S. East Coast Prepare for the Worst”

August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene FEMA Video Update II: “U.S. East Coast Prepare for the Worst”

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents have been told to evacuate their homes, starting in eastern North Carolina.  Farmers have pulled up their crops, and the Navy has ordered it’s ships out to sea so they could endure the punishing wind and waves in open water. Irene is due to make its first U.S. landfall on Saturday in North Carolina, with 100 mph winds and a storm surge of about 6 to 10 feet, although wind gusts and downpours will be felt there from Friday. Communities along the eastern seaboard from the Carolinas up to New England are preparing for the worst, residents are stocking up on food and water, securing their homes, vehicles and boats. State and local governments, ports, hospitals, oil refineries and nuclear plants activated emergency plans. As of Thursday, Irene was the strongest storm to threaten the Atlantic coast since 2005. It’s projected path could take it much farther inland than any other storm since 1985.
“The eastern seaboard is well within the path of this storm,” the director of the US National Hurricane Centre, Bill Read, said on Thursday. “We can see impacts well inland”. The category-three storm, rated as strong as 2005’s Katrina, has battered parts of the Bahamas and left three dead in Haiti and Puerto Rico.
“We’ve got a lot more people that are potentially in the path of this storm,” FEMA director Craig Fugate said in an interview with The Associated Press. “This is one of the largest populations that will be impacted by one storm at one time.”
The storm would “have a lot of impact well away from the coastline,” he added. “A little bit of damage over big areas with large populations can add up fast.”

Publisher: Salient News

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