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High Tide: Animals and Natural Disaster

Friday, August 26, 2011

Toto didn’t warn Dorothy that they were about to be swept off to Oz, but there is a general belief—to some extent supported by science—that animals can sense natural disasters ahead of time.

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The Dark and Stormy Mixtape

Friday, August 26, 2011

East Coast residents are battening down the hatches to prepare for Hurricane Irene. Here are some songs to pass the time if the rain doesn't wash you (and your laptop) away this weekend.

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Look | NYC Evacuation Zones

Friday, August 26, 2011

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New York City's hurricane contingency plans are based on three evacuation zones: Zone A, Zone B and Zone C. The threat of flooding in these areas are different. To find out if you live in one of these zones, look at our map.

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Evacuations, Transit Shutdown Ordered as Hurricane Irene Roars Toward East Coast

Friday, August 26, 2011

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As Hurricane Irene continued its march toward the East Coast, Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday issued a mandatory evacuation of the city's low-lying areas and the announced a system-wide mass transit shut down beginning at noon on Saturday.

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U.S. Navy Bases Prepare for Irene

Thursday, August 25, 2011

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As Hurricane Irene churns toward Northeast, U.S. Navy bases in the tri-state area began preparations to avoid a potentially catastrophic event.

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City May Shut Down Transit Ahead of Hurricane Irene

Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Officials are considering shutting down the city's transportation system this weekend if conditions from Hurricane Irene become too harsh. 

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UPDATE: Cuomo declares a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irene

Thursday, August 25, 2011

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From By Karen DeWitt, WXXI Capitol Bureau Chief

Governor Cuomo says he’s declared a state of emergency in the face of potential impact from Irene, and has ordered all state agencies to be prepared for any situation. He says  the state’s emergency management center outside Albany will be operating 24 hours a day.

The governor is urging New Yorkers to stock up on emergency supplies including water, non perishable food, batteries, and battery operated radios, pet food and first aid kits.  And he says people should check in with elderly or disabled neighbors to make sure they are all right, if the storm, as predicted turns out to be severe.

Cuomo canceled a fundraiser scheduled for Thursday night and  a planned vacation in the Adirondacks to return to the Capitol to prepare for the storm.

The governor's release is after the jump.

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Urban Survival Kit: Get Your Hurricane Preparedness Pack Ready

Thursday, August 25, 2011

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To get prepared for Hurricane Irene, there are items that New Yorkers should have on hand, in anticipation of the rain and wind — and the problems associated with both — that is expected this weekend.

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"We hope for the best but we prepare for the worst": Bloomberg on city's hurricane prep

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The mayor delivered the following remarks in Queens this morning on the city's preparation for Hurricane Irene this weekend:

“We’re joined by too many people to introduce, but this is the community’s representatives, clergy, and laymen and laywomen who live in this wonderful community, and like all of us are worried about Irene. I met with some of the community leaders this morning for breakfast, and we discussed how to prepare ourselves for the coming storm and the flooding that could result from it.

“The good news is that our Department of Environmental Protection – and crews like the ones you saw working here on the street – are working hard to clean out catch basins, which will help mitigate flooding from the weather that’s heading our way. You should know we have 143,000 catch basins in this city. We can’t check them all every day. As a matter of fact, the schedule is once every three years, but we do inspect certain ones much more frequently because they have a much greater impact on the system. And so we think we’re a little bit ahead of where we want to be, at least we hope we are. But we’re doing everything we can.

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The Takeaway

North Carolinians Prepare as Irene Continues Northward

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene is gaining strength and traveling north, after pummeling the Bahamas with 115 mph winds today. The Category 3 storm is headed for North Carolina next. As residents wait for confirmation of the storm's trajectory, they are preparing their homes and businesses for the weather. Many local businesses are still waiting until later today to see what path the storm will take, before they board up completely.

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NY, NJ Declare States of Emergency as Hurricane Irene Chugs Toward Tri-State Area

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The governors of New York and New Jersey declared states of emergency Thursday as Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged city residents in low-lying areas to find high ground ahead of possible evacuations this weekend as Hurricane Irene barreled toward the East Coast.

MAP | Do you live in a flood-prone area?

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There's a storm brewing: Cuomo tells state to prepare for Hurrricane Irene

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

She might make land on Sunday and it looks like the governor's trying to get the state prepared for Hurricane Irene:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today ordered the state's Office of Emergency Management to prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Irene, which may hit New York State this coming Sunday. The Governor has instructed the state's Emergency Operations Center in Albany to track the storm and to work with other state agencies to prepare the state's response.

At the Governor's direction, agencies and local governments around the state will meet today to plan coordinated response efforts, such as emergency operations support and field staff deployments to areas that are expected to be hit the hardest. Relevant state agencies have also been in communication with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service to discuss the potential tracks of the storm and to determine storm planning efforts.

"We are actively working to ensure that New York State is prepared for the potential impact of Hurricane Irene," Governor Cuomo said. "The state government is coordinating with our federal and local partners so that we can effectively respond to any emergency situation that may arise due to the storm. I encourage New Yorkers to pay close attention to the track of the hurricane and, if necessary, to follow the instructions of emergency officials. By properly preparing in advance, we can most calmly and decisively take action if the storm arrives."

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The Takeaway

North Carolina Residents Anticipate Hurricane Irene

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hurricane Irene has made its way through the Caribbean and is traveling to the eastern shore of the United States. In North Carolina, communities like Ocracoke Island have been evacuated. But many residents are still waiting to see whether Irene will be hitting their town.

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East Coast Braces for Hurricane Irene as Storm Gains Strength

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New York City officials said Wednesday that they had begun preparations for Hurricane Irene to the hit the East Coast.

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Earthquake Rattles East Coast, As Hurricane Heads for U.S.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A very rare event happened In the northeastern part of the United States yesterday. A 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Mineral, Virginia sent tremors outward, all the way north to New York and New England, and south to North Carolina. Limited damage was reported and some even found the event to be exciting. The earthquake follows a number of natural disasters we have witnessed this year, including Japan's massive quake and tsunami, tornadoes ravaging southern states and the Mississippi River rising to historic levels, flooding cities in its path. And now Hurricane Irene, which experts predict could turn into a category 4 storm, and may hit Florida on Friday.

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Storm Tracker: Live Updates on Hurricane Irene's Path and Evacuation

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hurricane Irene is currently headed towards the East Coast of the U.S., and may have a major impact on a large swath of the eastern seaboard and some 65 million residents from North Carolina to Maine. With that in mind, we're watching Irene's progress and updating this blog with the latest news and information we have.

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