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

The Associated Press
August 28, 2011

Irene, the hurricane that weakened to a tropical storm, thrashed the East Coast, knocking out power to millions of homes and businesses, destroying piers and killing more than a dozen people. Here's a state-by-state glance on how it's affected states along the Eastern seaboard:


__ Irene made landfall Sunday afternoon on the state's shoreline with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.

__ One person was killed by a fire in Prospect that was apparently caused by downed wires.

__ Officials warned of possible flooding as a storm surge of 4 to 8 feet coincided with an unusually high tide in Long Island Sound.

__ Thousands were evacuated along the shoreline, with more than 30 municipalities directing people to leave their homes.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

__ State of emergency declared. National Guard mobilized.


__ At least 36,000 homes and businesses without power.

__ Apparent tornado touchdown damages 15 structures near Lewes. Another touched down in Wicomico County. No injuries reported.

__ Governor says worst of Irene passed Sunday and he plans helicopter tour of affected areas.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.


__ Surfer killed after being tossed off his board by heavy waves caused by hurricane. Officials say a New Jersey tourist also died in rough surf.


__ Heavy rains reach state Sunday afternoon.

__ Thousands lose power.

__ Governor declared an emergency.

__ Potential for flooding rains and gusty winds.

__ No evacuations planned.

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


__ More than 830,000 homes and businesses reported without power.

__ State police report an apparent tornado touchdown on the lower Eastern Shore; no injuries.

__ National Weather Service warns of flooding in parts of southern and central Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

__ Up to 8 inches of rain on lower Eastern Shore.

__ Maryland Transit Administration suspends service.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.


__ Irene makes landfall in southern New England on Sunday.

__ The governor deployed 500 National Guard troops, saying an additional 2,000 troops will be activated Saturday.

__ In Boston, the transit authority announced public transportation would be shut down Sunday because of the hurricane.

__ Mandatory evacuations have not been ordered.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

__ Red Cross is positioning emergency response vehicles, mobilizing disaster workers and preparing supplies.

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


__ Drenching rain and high winds reach state Sunday afternoon.

__ More than 100,000 homes and businesses lose power.

__ No evacuations planned.

__ Governor urged people to stay off the roads and beaches.

__ The Red Cross planned 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."


__ Irene makes landfall along the New Jersey coast near Little Egg Inlet with 75-mph winds, the first hurricane to make landfall in the state in more than a century.

__ Mandatory evacuations ordered for nearly 1 million visitors and residents.

__ 20-year-old woman who had called police to ask for help getting out of her flooded car in Salem County was found dead in the vehicle eight hours later.

__ Governor says more than 15,000 people in shelters.

__ New Jersey Transit trains and buses shut down.

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


__ Irene makes landfall Sunday near Coney Island.

__ In Manhattan, some streets flooded, and two major thoroughfares closed.

__ Bungalows float down streets in Queens. Rescuers search for anyone inside.

__ Mandatory evacuations ordered for New York City residents in low-lying coastal areas that are home to 370,000. Order lifted Sunday afternoon.

__ New York City's public transit system, the nation's biggest, was shut down until at least Monday. The five main New York-area airports also closed.

__ Taxis in New York City switch from metered fares to zone fares.


__ Hurricane made landfall Saturday morning near Cape Lookout. Storm surge prediction of up to 11 feet in Pamlico Sound and up to 9 feet along Outer Banks.

__ At least five people killed.

__ More than 560,000 people lost electricity.

__ The Neuse River pours over its banks and into the city of New Bern. Several dozen people had to be rescued from homes as up to 4 feet of water rushed in.

__ More than 60 shelters open in 26 counties.

__ 1,300 prisoners evacuated from two coastal prisons.

__ Ferry service suspended until winds subside.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Isabel in 2003.

__ Governor headed out on aerial tour of hardest-hit counties.


__ One man killed in Palmyra, Pa., when a tree limb fell on his tent while he was camping.

__ Flood and flash flood warnings in effect in several counties in central and eastern portions of the state.

__ More than 500,000 lost power across the state.

__ Governor declared state of emergency.

__ A half-foot of rain fell in Philadelphia. A state of emergency declared by the mayor on Saturday — the first since one triggered by racial tensions in 1986 — was lifted Sunday. The rainfall came on top of an already single-month record of more than 13 inches.

__ Mass transit serving Philadelphia resumed bus, trolley and subway service, but regional trains to the suburbs still closed.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.


__ Irene made landfall Sunday as tropical storm.

__ More than 200,000 customers lost power.

__ Officials warned of tidal surges that could bring significant coastal flooding during the evening high tide Sunday.

__ Federal and state emergencies declared.

__ Mandatory evacuations ordered for low-lying communities including Bristol, Charlestown, Narragansett, South Kingstown, and Westerly. Other communities have voluntary evacuation orders.

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

__ Residents warned to expect prolonged power outages and property damage.

__ 300 National Guard troops on standby.


__ Irene was moving away from the state Saturday morning.

__ No mandatory evacuations ordered.

__ Last hurricane to hit was Charley in 2004.

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

__ About 5,000 customers lost power from storms in Irene's outer bands.


__ Heavy rains began falling early Sunday, with flash flooding and evacuations ongoing in southern Vermont by late morning.

__ Bad conditions and flooding were expected to spread northerly through the day, with rivers in northern Vermont cresting late Sunday night or early Monday.

__ The Red Cross opened with shelters, with the one in Brattleboro housing about 50 people by midday Sunday.

__ Utilities reported about 18,000 power outages as of midday, with more heavy rain and high winds expected.


__ Millions lose power.

__ Officials say the full extent of the damage may not be known for days because some roads could remain impassible and rivers have yet to crest.

__ Suffolk received 11 inches of rain and other localities east of Interstate 95 generally received 5-10 inches.

__ 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.

__ Three storm-related deaths reported.

__ Apparent tornado heavily damages five homes in the Sandbridge area.

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

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


__ At least 36,000 homes and businesses without power.

__ About 200 trees were down around the city.

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

__ Last hurricane to hit was Hazel in 1954.

__ Public transit in nation's capital was to run on schedule Sunday.