Hurricane Irene Weakens But Could Impact The Tri-State Sunday Night

Storm Expected To Regain Power; Officials: Prepare As If It's Coming Here

WILMINGTON, N.C. (CBSNewYork/AP) — People stocked up on food, boarded windows and gassed up their cars Tuesday as Hurricane Irene threatened to become the most powerful storm to hit the East Coast in more than a decade.

Though Irene was downgraded to a Category 1 storm on Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, forecasters believed it would strengthen over warm waters.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan Hears From Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano

The earliest the hurricane could affect the New York metro area would be Sunday night or Monday morning. While it is still too early to know what Irene’s path is, officials in the Tri-State Area are taking the storm seriously. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said that area residents should do the same and should not get complacent.

“This is a good time to get prepared again in your homes. There’s items that you should stock up on, those that need to move or possibly be evacuated, perhaps seniors should think about having their medications refilled and having enough on hand,” he told 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan.

Monday will be the opening day for the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Flushing Meadows and could be affected depending on the storm’s path.

Water, bread and batteries disappeared from store shelves and lines formed at the pump. From Florida to Maine, residents were told to brace for flash flooding and power outages.

Hundreds of miles south, Irene swirled through the Caribbean, giving a glimpse of what was to come. Homes were inundated with water, residents took refuge in schools and churches, and more than a million people were without electricity. One woman was killed in Puerto Rico.

Forecasters warned it could get worse: The storm was likely to strengthen into a Category 4 monster by the time it makes a landfall in the U.S. this weekend, most likely hitting North Carolina. Irene could crawl up the coast Sunday toward the Northeast region, where residents aren’t accustomed to such storms.

(TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

  • JFK

    For survival tips and survivng natural disasters see: Preparing for and Survivng Natural Disaters:

  • future

    LIRR will be delayed all of monday due to trees on the tracks.Just looked into my crystal ball.Bloomberg says things happen during a storm that we cant control. Will check crystal ball on sunday to see if things change.

  • diver

    If the storm is supposed to strengthen to a Cat 4 why does the headline read Storm Weakens?

    Who writes this stuff? Does anyone proof it before it is posted on line?

    • Michael H.

      At the moment the storm is weakening over the Bahamas. Once it crosses back into open seas it will strengthen again in warm waters. It’s not that hard to comprehend. When the storm is strengthening the headline will read “Irene Strengthens Over Warm Waters, Heads For East Coast”. As it stands the headline is accurate.

      I don’t defend the writers and editors here often, but they’re correct in this case.

  • Brad Stanley

    Earthquakes. Hurricanes. It’s not to late to prepared…

    As part of September’s Disaster Preparedness Month, DocuHome is offering an online home inventory software for FREE.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Giving Tuesday
Charles Osgood Event

Listen Live