Here is a state-by-state glance on how Hurricane Irene is affecting states along the Eastern Seaboard as of Saturday afternoon:
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Tropical storm warning and flash flood watch.- No mandatory evacuations ordered.- Mayor has declared state of emergency.- Last hurricane to hit was Hazel in 1954.- One of the area's largest power suppliers warns that D.C. and surrounding suburbs could have widespread outages that could take days to restore.- Approach of hurricane forced postponement of Sunday's dedication of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.- Impending storm prompts Walter Reed Army Medical Center to accelerate transfer of last remaining patients to new facility in Bethesda, Md.- City gives away sandbags to residents for a second day.
VIRGINIA- Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall around 2 a.m. Sunday.- Hurricane watch for coast.- Governor declared emergency, says people who defy mandatory evacuation orders can be prosecuted.- Mandatory evacuations ordered for at least 11 localities, among them the Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach, a barrier island dotted with rentals, Accomack on the Eastern Shore, and for low-lying areas of Norfolk, Hampton and Portsmouth.- 11-year-old Virginia boy dies when tree felled by storm crashes through apartment building.- Apparent tornado heavily damages five homes in the Sandbridge area.- Last hurricane to hit the state was Isabel in 2003.- Shelters opening in at least 14 counties and 12 cities, including Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Hampton.- The Navy ordered the Second Fleet out to sea to escape the storm.
MARYLAND- Hurricane warning for St. Mary's County and Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of the Potomac River.- Tropical storm warning for Baltimore to Eastern Shore to D.C. suburbs.- Flash flood watch in Baltimore-Washington metro region and southern Maryland.- Mandatory evacuations ordered for Ocean City, coastal Worcester County, homes near cliffs in Calvert County.- Governor declares state of emergency.- Maryland Transit Administration announced service suspension beginning Saturday evening.- Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.- Assateague State Park closing until Wednesday; most state park campgrounds closed.
CONNECTICUT- Irene predicted to make landfall Sunday somewhere between NewJersey and Cape Cod. Storm's track forecast through central partsof Connecticut.- Hurricane warning for coast.- Fairfield ordered a mandatory evacuation for shorelineresidents as of noon Saturday, affecting 5,000 to 6,000 people.- Millstone nuclear power plant to be shut down if winds exceed90 mph.- Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.- Irene likely to cause prolonged power outages and flooding inlow-lying areas along the shoreline.- President Barack Obama and governor declare state ofemergency. National Guard mobilized.
DELAWARE- Hurricane warning statewide.- Flood watch in effect.- Storm center to pass near the New Jersey/Delaware coast around8 a.m. Sunday.- Governor orders mandatory evacuation of coastal areas.- Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.- State opened shelters in all three counties.
MAINE- Irene predicted to reach northern New England Sunday night.- Governor declared an emergency.- Heavy rain expected to start Saturday night. Potential forflooding rains and gusty winds.- No evacuations planned.- Lobstermen began moving their fishing gear farther offshore toavoid damage amid expectations of 30-foot seas.
MASSACHUSETTS- Irene predicted to make landfall in southern New England onSunday.- Hurricane warnings issued for Martha's Vineyard. Hurricanewatch in effect for the coastline to the mouth of the MerrimackRiver.- The governor and president declared a state of emergency. Thegovernor deployed 500 National Guard troops, saying an additional2,000 troops will be activated Saturday.- Mandatory evacuations have not been ordered.- Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.- Red Cross is positioning emergency response vehicles,mobilizing disaster workers and preparing supplies.- Forecasts placed the storm's track through centralMassachusetts.
NEW HAMPSHIRE- Forecasters predict Irene to reach northern New England Sundaynight.- Heavy rain expected to start Saturday night. Potential forflooding rains and gusty winds.- No evacuations planned since path uncertain.- Governor directed state Emergency Operations Center to beopened.- The Red Cross plans to open four shelters.- Organizers of the annual Hampton Beach Talent Competitioncondensed the three-night schedule to two, telling competitors"it's one song for all the marbles."
NEW JERSEY- Forecasters predicted storm would pass over, or more likely,near New Jersey by midday Sunday.- Hurricane warning in effect for coastal and southern counties.- Mandatory evacuations ordered for nearly 1 million visitorsand residents of Cape May County, coastal Atlantic County and LongBeach Island.- Governor and president declare state of emergency.- Governor says more than 5,000 people already in shelters ashurricane threatens.- New Jersey Transit trains and buses to shut down Saturday.- Last hurricane to hit the state was remnants of HurricaneFloyd in 1999, which caused major flooding inland.- Atlantic City casinos shutting down for only the third timesince gambling was legalized 33 years ago.
NEW YORK- Irene predicted to make landfall Sunday as a Category 1 stormbetween New Jersey and Cape Cod.- Hurricane watch and a flood watch issued for Long Island, NewYork City and suburban Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties.- Mandatory evacuations ordered for New York City residents inlow-lying coastal areas that are home to 370,000.- The governor declared a state of emergency and the state'sOffice of Emergency Management increased staffing in itsunderground bunker.- New York City's public transit to be halted around noonSaturday because of the hurricane. The five New York-area airportswill stop allowing incoming flights at noon Saturday. Manydepartures were also canceled.- Taxis in New York City were to switch from metered fares tozone fares Saturday morning.
NORTH CAROLINA- Irene made landfall Saturday morning near Cape Lookout. Stormsurge prediction of up to 11 feet in Pamlico Sound and up to 9 feetalong Outer Banks.- More than 90,000 lose power.- Hurricane warning for entire coast.- Governor and president declared emergency for the state.- Eighteen eastern counties under some form of mandatory orvoluntary evacuation.- Frisco Fire Chief ordered 75 body bags to supplement thetown's normal supply of 10.- 1,300 prisoners evacuated from two coastal prisons.- Ferry service suspended Friday and will not resume until windssubside.- Last hurricane to hit was Isabel in 2003.- More than 60 shelters open in 26 counties.
PENNSYLVANIA- Hurricane warnings in effect for Philadelphia and Delawarecounties. Tropical storm warnings in effect for other parts ofeastern Pennsylvania.- Governor declares state of emergency.- Tropical storms forecast as early as Saturday afternoon.- Half-foot or more of rain expected. In Philadelphia, the rainforecast follows an already single-month record of more than 13inches.- Mass transit serving Philadelphia and its suburbs to halt at12:30 a.m. Sunday.- Residents of low-lying areas in two Delaware Countycommunities told to evacuate.- Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.- Flood and flash flood watches are in effect for parts ofnortheastern and central Pennsylvania through Sunday.
RHODE ISLAND- Irene predicted to make landfall Sunday. Six to 10 inches ofrain expected to fall starting as early as Saturday night.- State of emergency declared.- Hurricane watch issued for much of the state. Tropical stormwatch for portions of two inland counties.- Mandatory evacuations ordered for low-lying communities inNarragansett, South Kingstown and Bristol by 10 a.m. Sunday. Partsof Westerly are under evacuation orders by 6 p.m. Saturday.- Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991, which made landfalltwice.- Residents warned to expect prolonged power outages andproperty damage.- Three-hundred National Guard troops on standby.
SOUTH CAROLINA- Irene was moving away from the state Saturday morning.- Tropical storm warnings remained in effect from Edisto Islandto North Carolina state line.- No mandatory evacuations ordered.- Last hurricane to hit was Charley in 2004.- Downtown Charleston reported 49 mph wind gust just before noonFriday.- Beach erosion reported at high tide Friday evening on EdistoIsland and Folly Beach.- About 5,000 customers without power from storms in Irene'souter bands.
VERMONT- Forecasters predict Irene to reach northern New England onSunday night.- Heavy rain expected to start Saturday night. Potential forflooding rains and gusty winds.- No evacuations planned since path uncertain.- Parts of the state hard-hit by Memorial Day weekend flashflooding were bracing for another round.