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Irene as of Thursday, August 25. NASA/NOAA photo.
Irene as of Thursday, August 25. NASA/NOAA photo.

Hurricane Irene, now tropical storm, rolls through region

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Update: Sun. 1:50 pm. So far the North Country has missed the brunt of the storm, which is now focused east of our listening area in New England. Rain and wind has caused minor flooding and scattered power outages.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is saying New York State is well-prepared for what could be the biggest storm to hit in a generation. He's declared a state of emergency...and the state is deploying 1000 national guard troops, closing down the New York City area's mass transit, and considering closing bridges and even the New York State Thruway.

Cuomo and his top staff have also requisitioned 150 ambulances, and ordered the lowering of key reservoirs; and will have 2500 utility workers on standby for cleanup.

We won't be getting the worst of Irene in the North Country--but we will be affected...and to get a sense of what's going to happen in our area, Nora Flaherty spoke with Greg Hanson, at the National Weather Service's office in Burlington, Vermont. She asked him what we can expect over the next few days:  Go to full article
Irene as of Thursday, August 25. NASA/NOAA photo.
Irene as of Thursday, August 25. NASA/NOAA photo.

New York preps for hurricane

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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. A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible within the next 48 hours. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected decide by late today whether people will need to evacuate.

Cuomo cancelled a fundraiser scheduled for last night and a planned vacation in the Adirondacks to return to the Capitol to prepare for the storm. The governor say he hopes the advance preparation will enable the stat to face the storm "in a calm and organized manner." Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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