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Special Coverage of Hurricane Irene, disaster preparedness

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Updated 6:52 PM

Mayor Orders "Most Vulnerable" New Yorkers Evacuated Before Hurricane Irene's Arrival

By: NY1 News

As Hurricane Irene is projected to hit the East Coast this weekend, Mayor Michael said his top priority is to evacuate the city's most vulnerable, including hospital patients & senior citizens, from low-lying areas in the five boroughs by Friday night.

This comes as Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency this afternoon in advance of Hurricane Irene's arrival.

The storm may hit New York over the weekend, delivering heavy rain & wind.


A state of emergency makes NY State resources available to local governments. It also enables NY to access key federal resources in anticipation of an emergency.

"They have a number of models on the path of the storm. Several of the models suggest the storm could go through New York, particularly the Manhattan, Lower Manhattan, Long Island area," said Cuomo.

Con Edison officials also released a statement saying that the utility is on "high alert," meaning it's working to be prepared for extensive gas, electric and steam outages.