Washington: Five people have been killed in East Coast and more than million living without power as hurricane Irene struck, American media reported. Five airports have been closed to avert any accidents owing to which 8,300 flights have been cancelled.
Hurricane Irene has already left 1 million without power.
11-Year-Old Boy Killed by Falling Tree.
New York Mayor office statement: Evacuation centers and emergency shelters are now open for those who need shelter.
Louisa County is partnering with the Red Cross to offer shelter to victims of this week’s earthquake and Hurricane Irene.
Three deaths reported in North Carolina and two in Virginia, including an 11-year-old child.
Downgraded to category 1 storm as hurricane made landfall near Cape Lookout.
Experts say biggest danger are storm surges of up to 11ft that could hit New York City.
Mayor Bloomberg tells people in evacuation zones to ‘get out now’ before public transportation shut down at noon.
Obama visits response center as hurricane threatens.
Those traveling by road are also in deep trouble owing to restrictions placed by the authorities. The telecommunication networks have also been disrupted, making it difficult for people to contact each other.
Irene smashes into East Coast and 370,000 New Yorkers are ordered to flee as terrified city fears the worst. Hundreds of thousands are without electricity.
From North Carolina to Connecticut, emergency has been declared in seven coastal cities.
Airlines have canceled virtually all flights at Washington-area airports beginning Saturday night.
The Washington National Cathedral, which sustained damage earlier this week during an earthquake that rattled the capital, will be closed the next two Sundays. Services will be held elsewhere.
About 2 million people in northeastern coastal areas were told to move to safer places before the hurricane struck. The mayor of New York had directed 250,000 people living in lower areas to leave their residences.
About 200,000 have left North Carolina.
Barack Obama has reached Washington one day ahead of his schedule. He visited the headquarters of National Emergency Management Agency.