State-by-state look at dangers, prep for Irene

Here is a state-by-state glance on how Hurricane Irene is predicted to strike states all along the Eastern Seaboard as of Friday evening:

CONNECTICUT

-- Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall on Sunday somewhere between New Jersey and Cape Cod. Forecasts placed the storm's track through central parts of Connecticut.

-- Hurricane warning has been issued for coastal Connecticut.

-- Mandatory evacuations have not been ordered.

-- Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

-- Officials warned Irene was likely to cause prolonged power outages and flooding in low-lying areas along the shoreline.

-- Governor urged anyone living in areas that have flooded in the past to seek shelter elsewhere.

-- Governor asked President Barack Obama to declare a pre-landfall emergency that would make Connecticut eligible for federal funding and other assistance before the storm arrives. The governor previously declared a state of emergency and authorized the National Guard to mobilize the resources it needs to respond to the storm.

DELAWARE

-- Hurricane warning statewide

-- Flood watch in effect

-- Storm center to pass near the New Jersey/Delaware coast around 8 a.m. Sunday.

-- Governor orders mandatory evacuation of coastal areas by 9 a.m. Saturday

-- Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.

-- State will open shelters in all three counties on Friday.

MAINE

-- Forecasters predict Irene to reach northern New England Sunday night.

-- Governor has declared an emergency.

-- Heavy rain expected to start Saturday night. Potential for flooding rains and gusty winds.

-- No evacuations planned since path uncertain.

-- Lobstermen began moving their fishing gear farther offshore to avoid damage amid expectations of 30-foot seas.

MARYLAND

-- Hurricane warning for St. Mary's County and Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of the Potomac River.

-- Tropical storm warning for Baltimore to Eastern Shore to D.C. suburbs.

-- Flash flood watch in Baltimore-Washington metro region and southern Maryland.

-- Mandatory evacuations ordered for Ocean City and coastal Worcester County.

-- Governor declared emergency.

-- Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.

-- Assateague State Park closing until Wednesday; most state park campgrounds closed.

MASSACHUSETTS

-- Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall in southern New England on Sunday. They say they are unable to determine where it would hit land first because forecasts show that could be anywhere between New Jersey and Cape Cod.

-- Hurricane warnings have been issued for Martha's Vineyard. A hurricane watch is in effect for the coastline to the mouth of the Merrimack River.

-- The governor has declared a state of emergency and immediately deployed 500 National Guard troops, saying an additional 2,000 troops will be activated Saturday.

-- Mandatory evacuations have not been ordered.

-- Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

-- Residents have been warned to expect prolonged power outages and property damage.

-- Red Cross is pre-positioning emergency response vehicles, mobilizing trained disaster workers and preparing supplies in case they are needed.

-- Boston's largest homeless shelter is also beginning to warn people living in the streets about the approaching hurricane. Pine Street Inn is also preparing to open its doors around the clock from Saturday afternoon through Monday, and it is strongly urging the homeless to come in for safety.

-- Forecasts placed the storm's track through central Massachusetts.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

-- Forecasters predict Irene to reach northern New England Sunday night.

-- Heavy rain expected to start Saturday night. Potential for flooding rains and gusty winds.

-- No evacuations planned since path uncertain.

-- Governor directed state Emergency Operations Center to be opened.

-- The Red Cross plans to open four shelters.

-- Organizers of the annual Hampton Beach Talent Competition condensed the three-night schedule to two, telling competitors "it's one song for all the marbles."

NEW JERSEY

-- Forecasters predicted storm would pass over, or more likely, near New Jersey by midday Sunday.

-- Hurricane warning in effect for coastal and southern counties.

-- Mandatory evacuations ordered for nearly 1 million visitors and residents of Cape May County, coastal Atlantic County and Long Beach Island.

-- Governor declared emergency for the state.

-- New Jersey Transit trains to shut down Saturday.

-- Last hurricane to directly hit the state was remnants of Hurricane Floyd, which caused major flooding inland in 1999.

-- Atlantic City casinos shutting down for only the third time since gambling was legalized 33 years ago.

NEW YORK

-- Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall Sunday as a Category 1 storm between New Jersey and Cape Cod.

-- The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch and a flood watch for Long Island, New York City and Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties.

-- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered mandatory evacuations for residents in low-lying coastal areas that are home to 270,000.

-- The governor declared a state of emergency and the state's Office of Emergency Management has increased staffing in its underground bunker.

-- The governor says New York City's public transit will halt around noon Saturday because of the hurricane.

NORTH CAROLINA

-- Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall Saturday morning east of Morehead City. Storm surge prediction of up to 11 feet in Pamlico Sound and up to 9 feet along Outer Banks.

-- Hurricane warning for entire coast.

-- Governor and president declared emergency for the state.

-- Ten coastal counties were under some form of mandatory or voluntary evacuation order, including all of the Outer Banks.

-- Frisco Fire Chief ordered 75 body bags to supplement the town's normal supply of 10.

-- 1,300 prisoners evacuated from two coastal prisons.

-- Ferry service suspended at 4 p.m. Friday and will not resume until winds subside.

-- Last hurricane to hit was Isabel in 2003.

-- The Red Cross is opening eight shelters for people who need them. Nearly 50 other shelters ready to open as needed.

PENNSYLVANIA

-- Hurricane warnings are in effect for Philadelphia and Delaware counties, with tropical storm warnings in effect for three other suburban counties.

-- Gov. Tom Corbett has declared state of emergency in advance of expected arrival of wind and rain.

-- Although the exact track of the storm is uncertain, tropical storm conditions could begin as early as Saturday afternoon.

-- Irene is expected to bring a half-foot or more of rain to already sodden communities. Before storms associated with Irene have arrived Philadelphia has already set an all-time single-month record for rain with more than 13 inches.

-- The mayor says mass transit in suburban Philadelphia, will halt at 12:30 a.m. Sunday because of the hurricane.

-- Mandatory evacuations have not been ordered.

-- Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.

-- Flood and flash flood watches are in effect for nine other counties in eastern Pennsylvania through Sunday.

RHODE ISLAND

-- Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall on Sunday. Six-to-10 inches of rain expected to fall beginning as early as Saturday night.

-- The governor has declared a state of emergency.

-- Hurricane watch issued Friday for much of the state. Tropical storm watch for portions of two inland counties.

-- Mandatory evacuations issued for low-lying communities in Narragansett, South Kingstown and Bristol by 10 a.m. Sunday. Parts of Westerly are under evacuation orders by 6 p.m. Saturday.

-- Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991, which made landfall twice.

-- Residents have been warned to expect prolonged power outages and property damage.

SOUTH CAROLINA

-- Forecasters predict Irene to be about 140 miles east of Myrtle Beach late Friday night.

-- Tropical storm warnings issued from Edisto Island to North Carolina state line.

-- No mandatory evacuations ordered.

-- Last hurricane to hit was Charley in 2004.

-- Downtown Charleston reported 49 mph wind gust just before noon Friday.

-- Beach erosion reported at high tide Friday evening on Edisto Island and Folly Beach.

-- About 5,000 customers without power from storms in Irene's outer bands.

VERMONT

-- Forecasters predict Irene to reach northern New England Sunday night.

-- Heavy rain expected to start Saturday night. Potential for flooding rains and gusty winds.

-- No evacuations planned since path uncertain.

-- Parts of the state hard-hit by Memorial Day weekend flash flooding were bracing for another round.

VIRGINIA

-- Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall around 2 a.m. Sunday.

-- Hurricane watch for coast.

-- Mandatory evacuations ordered for at least 11 localities, among them the Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach, a barrier island dotted with rentals, Accomack on the Eastern Shore, and for low-lying areas of Norfolk, Hampton and Portsmouth.

-- Governor declared emergency, says people who defy mandatory evacuation orders can be prosecuted.

-- Last hurricane to hit the state was Isabel in 2003.

-- Shelters opening in at least 14 counties and 12 cities, including Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Hampton.

-- The Navy ordered the Second Fleet out to sea to escape the storm.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

-- Tropical storm warning and flash flood watch.

-- No mandatory evacuations ordered.

-- Mayor has declared state of emergency.

-- Last hurricane to hit was Hazel in 1954.

-- One of the area's largest power suppliers warns that D.C. and surrounding suburbs could have widespread outages that could take days to restore.

-- Approach of hurricane forced postponement of Sunday's dedication of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

-- Impending storm prompts Walter Reed Army Medical Center to accelerate transfer of last remaining patients to new facility in Bethesda, Md.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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