Hurricane Irene now 700 miles wide, $13.9bn damage possible (photos, video)
San Francisco residents are discovering more in top news about Hurricane Irene.
San Francisco resident, Carla Brown, says, “This is a very frightening situation. I hope everyone gets out early.”
San Francisco residents are no strangers themselves to natural disasters, having experienced earthquakes and tremors, some as recently as yesterday.
It is being reported that frightened North Carolinians are currently leaving their homes in droves as they try to escape Hurricane Irene. Highways are being jammed and at least 7 states have called a state of emergency.
Hurricane Irene could well be the biggest in decades.
Gas stations are starting to run out of fuel and ATM machines are running out of cash as residents start to leave in an effort to avoid the fury of Hurricane Irene.
Already Ocean City, MD has been evacuated. (See that article here: Thousands ordered to evacuate Ocean City, MD, due to Hurricane Irene)
Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and the opening ceremony for the MLK monument, planned for Sunday, has now been postponed.
“This is a very, very serious situation,” said a spokeswoman for Dare County to ABC News. “We have not seen anything like this in the lifetimes of most our residents. Once the storm hits, it will be very difficult to respond to distress calls.”
According to Newser.com, Hurricane Irene is now 700 miles wide. The storm is traveling at just 12mph, and that could result in it causing massive damage in any one area over an extended period of time.
It is very possible Hurricane Irene will wreak havoc along the East Coast (See that article here: Irene threatens to wreak havoc along the East Coast (photos, video)
There are some estimates of up to $13.9 billion in damage being caused on the East Coast, reports newser.com
On Sunday, Hurricane Irene is expected to barrel into New York City. Winds at that time could reach up to 90mph. Currently, New Jersey communities are in the process of being evacuated.
Street fairs have been canceled and elder care facilities and hospitals in low-lying area are set to be evacuated in New York today. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg advises residents in low-lying parts of the state to leave today, as transit services will be closed tomorrow.
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Source: Newser.com and joltleft.com
Irene threatens to wreak havoc along the East Coast (photos, video)