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Friday, 26 August 2011 09:15
Hurricane Irene: North Carolina, Obama, FEMA, Fugate
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Update: Excerpt from the 5PM EDT National Hurricane Center advisory:

A hurricane warning has been issued from north of sandy hook to

Sagamore beach Massachusetts...including New York City...Long

Island...Long island sound...coastal Connecticut and Rhode island...Block island...Marthas vineyard and Nantucket.

More update 

 A tropical storm warning has been issued from north of sagamore Beach to the mouth of the merrimack river.

 A tropical storm watch has been issued from the mouth of the Merrimack river to eastport maine.

 Summary of watches and warnings in effect... A hurricane warning is in effect for...

* little river inlet north carolina northward to sagamore beach

Massachusetts...including the pamlico...albemarle...and currituck Sounds...delaware bay...chesapeake bay south of drum point...new

York city...long island...long island sound...coastal connecticut

And rhode island...block island...marthas vineyard and nantucket.

 

A tropical storm warning is in effect for...

* north of edisto beach south carolina to little river inlet

* chesapeake bay from drum point northward and the tidal potomac

* north of sagamore beach to merrimack river

 

A tropical storm watch is in effect for...

* merrimack river to eastport maine

 

Interests in southeastern canada should monitor the progress of

Irene.

 

For storm information specific to your area...including possible

Inland watches and warnings...please monitor products issued by

Your local national weather service forecast office.

Earlier: Bill Read, Director of the National Hurricane Center has stated today in a news briefing this morning that Huricanne Irene is a Category 2 storm heading for North Carolina, impact scheduled for Friday.

 Reed said that the storm will not just be a coastal event but will affect in “well inland”.

Video from interview with the head of FEMA, Craig Fugate:

Here are some of the weather reports from the east coast for the morning of August 26:

Currently Irene is expected to travel up the Northeast Coast which is involving some emergency evacuations in Washington DC, New York city and possibly Boston.

Statement From President Obama:

11:28 A.M. EDT

     THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  I want to say a few words about Hurricane Irene, urge Americans to take it seriously, and provide an overview of our ongoing federal preparations for what's likely to be an extremely dangerous and costly storm.

I’ve just convened a conference call with senior members of my emergency response team and directed them to make sure that we are bringing all federal resources to bear and deploying them properly to cope not only with the storm but also its aftermath. I’ve also spoken this morning with governors and mayors of major metropolitan areas along the Eastern Seaboard to let them know that this administration is in full support of their efforts to prepare for this storm and stands ready to fully support their response efforts.  And we will continue to stay in close contact with them.

I cannot stress this highly enough:  If you are in the projected path of this hurricane, you have to take precautions now.  Don’t wait.  Don’t delay.  We all hope for the best, but we have to be prepared for the worst.  All of us have to take this storm seriously.  You need to listen to your state and local officials, and if you are given an evacuation order, please follow it.  Just to underscore this point:  We ordered an aircraft carrier group out to sea to avoid this storm yesterday. So if you’re in the way of this hurricane, you should be preparing now.

If you aren’t sure how to prepare your families or your home or your business for a hurricane or any other emergency, then you can visit Ready.gov -- that's Ready.gov -- or Listo.gov.  That's Listo.gov.

Now, since last weekend, FEMA has been deploying its Incident Management Assistance Teams to staging areas in communities up and down the coast.  FEMA has millions of liters of water, millions of meals, and tens of thousands of cots and blankets, along with other supplies, pre-positioned along the Eastern Seaboard.  And the American Red Cross has already begun preparing shelters in North Carolina and other states.

These resources are all being coordinated with our state and local partners, and they stand ready to be deployed as necessary. But, again, if you are instructed to evacuate, please do so.  It's going to take time for first responders to begin rescue operations and to get the resources we've pre-positioned to people in need.  So the more you can do to be prepared now -- making a plan, make a supply kit, know your evacuation route, follow instructions of your local officials -- the quicker we can focus our resources after the storm on those who need help the most.

To sum up, all indications point to this being a historic hurricane.  Although we can’t predict with perfect certainty the impact of Irene over the next few days, the federal government has spent the better part of last week working closely with officials in communities that could be affected by this storm to see to it that we are prepared.  So now is the time for residents of these communities -- in the hours that remain -- to do the same.  And FEMA and Craig Fugate, the director of FEMA, will be keeping people closely posted in the next 24, 48 hours.

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