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PTI / The Hindu / NEW YORK, August 26, 2011.
A man walks past a downed power line in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in Nassau, on New Providence Island in the Bahamas on Thursday. Currently, Hurricane Irene is a category 3 storm with winds blowing at nearly 208 kmph.
A state of emergency has been declared in New York as the U.S. East Coast geared up for hurricane Irene which is expected to make its first landfall over the weekend and dump about 15 inches of rain in the area.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said measures were being put in place in preparation for the potential impact of the hurricane and state and local agencies are working on emergency response efforts.
New York became the latest state to declare emergency after Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland and North Carolina began implementing measures to tackle the massive storm.
A state of emergency would enable New York to use state resources to assist local governments more effectively and quickly.
“In this emergency I am activating all levels of state government to prepare for any situation that may be caused by Hurricane Irene,” Mr. Cuomo said on Friday.
“We are communicating with our federal and local partners to track the storm and to plan a coordinated response, and we will deploy resources as needed to the areas expected to be hit the hardest.”
Urging New Yorkers to personally prepare for hurricane conditions, Mr. Cuomo said people should take stock of their emergency supplies, such as water, non-perishable food, radios, batteries and first aid kits.