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Irene slams New Jersey, damage widespread

TOMS RIVER, New Jersey (Reuters) – Hurricane Irene swept along the New Jersey shore early on Sunday, knocking down trees, flooding streets and leaving thousands of people without electrical power. Reports from the National Weather Service suggested that Irene fell short of the most dire predictions that it could drop…

Irene cuts power to 2 million customers on East Coast

(Reuters) – More than two million homes and businesses along the East Coast lost power as Hurricane Irene churned northward toward New York City and New England, according to reports from power companies. Irene, packing sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 km/hour), was a Category 1 hurricane on…

Hurricane Irene hits New York

Hurricane Irene hit New York late Saturday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said as rain and stronger winds began to lash the city. “The edge of the hurricane is finally upon us,” he told a press conference. Bloomberg said that with mandatory evacuation orders handed to some 370,000 people in low-lying neighborhoods…

Fear and defiance as New Yorkers face Irene

New Yorker Igor Katamadze says he isn’t too worried about the oncoming Hurricane Irene — but that’s only because he’s an immigrant from a country that has been plagued by war. “As long as no one is shooting at each other, I’m the happiest man in the world,” said Katamadze,…

WATCH LIVE: FEMA press conference on Hurricane Irene

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As some New Yorkers evacuate, others head for the beach

ROCKAWAY BEACH, New York — More than 200,000 New Yorkers are under orders to flee a once-in-a-century hurricane, but many in the famed City That Never Sleeps are brushing aside danger — and heading to the beach. Hours after Mayor Mike Bloomberg ordered the evacuation from the low-lying Rockaway Beach,…

New MLK memorial misquotes King

The new memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C. is carved from massive chunks of granite, but a misquote chiseled into the side of the memorial also proves to be weighty. On the right side of the monument, the quote “I was a drum major for justice, peace…

Hurricane Irene forces NYC subway shutdown, postpones MLK memorial dedication

NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS: Click here to see a map of the evacuation zones (PDF) Weather waits for no man — not even if those men are President Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr. As the East Coast braces for the impact of Hurricane Irene, it’s not only evacuation…

Obama warns Americans on Hurricane Irene

CHILMARK, Massachusetts — President Barack Obama urged Americans to take immediate precautions as the “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Irene bore down on the US east coast and told them to heed evacuation orders. “I cannot stress this highly enough. If you are in the projected path of this hurricane, you have…

WATCH LIVE: Obama speaks about Hurricane Irene

President Barack Obama was expected Friday to comment on the massive hurricane bearing down on the East Coast. The comments were scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET. Watch this live video from The White House, broadcast Aug. 26, 2011. JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV…

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