A look at Irene's wake _ and what's ahead

August 27, 2011 - 11:25 PM
APTOPIX Hurricane Irene

Two men use a boat to explore a street flooded by Hurricane Irene Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 in Manteo, N.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The latest on what's happening with Hurricane Irene — in its wake and in its path as it moves north along the Eastern Seaboard:

RIGHT NOW:

— THE STORM — A weakening but still dangerous Hurricane Irene shut down New York and menaced other cities as it steamed up the East Coast on Saturday, dumping a foot of rain on North Carolina and Virginia and knocking out power to nearly 1.9 million homes and businesses. At least six people were killed.

— VIRGINIA COAST — Irene lashes Hampton Roads area on Virginia coast with hurricane force winds, moving north-northeast.

— POWER OUTAGES — Irene causes nearly 1.9 million homes and businesses to lose power.

— NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYED — At least 7,500 National Guard troops have been deployed to provide help to states affected by the storm.

— NEW YORK CITY— New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the edge of Irene has reached the city and it's no longer safe to be outside.

AHEAD OF THE STORM:

— NEW YORK CITY — High winds and heavy rains expected to hit New York City by Saturday night. Irene predicted to make landfall midday Sunday as a Category 1 storm between New Jersey and Cape Cod.

— WASHINGTON, D.C. — Irene bears down on the nation's capital, which hasn't been hit by a hurricane in more than half a century.

— STORM SURGE — Storm surges along coasts of Virginia, Delaware, the Jersey Shore, as well as New York Harbor and Long Island Sound.

— TORNADOES — Tornado watches and warnings are in effect along the East Coast ahead of Irene.

— SHELTERS — The American Red Cross had well over 150 shelters open from North Carolina to Connecticut. In New Jersey, more than 5,500 people had moved in to shelters by Saturday evening.

— TRANSIT SHUTDOWN — Public transit in Philadelphia and New York shut down ahead of Irene.

— TRAVEL — Travelers across the country are facing days of grief ahead as thousands of flights are canceled.

— NEW ENGLAND — Irene predicted to reach northern New England Sunday night.

BEHIND THE STORM:

— OUTER BANKS — Irene made its official landfall just after first light near Cape Lookout, N.C., at the southern end of the Outer Banks, the ribbon of land that bows out into the Atlantic Ocean. Shorefront hotels and houses were lashed with waves. Two piers were destroyed, and at least one hospital was forced to run on generator power.

— SURFER KILLED IN FLORIDA — Surfer is killed off the central Florida coast after being tossed off his board by heavy waves caused by Irene. Also, a New Jersey tourist died when he drowned in the rough surf.

— TREE KILLS BOY — An 11-year-old boy was killed when a tree crashed through a Virginia apartment building in Newport News, Va. Winds were gusting well above 60 mph in the area. Two others in Virginia also were killed by falling tree limbs.

— MAN KILLED BY LIMB — A man was crushed by a large limb that blew off a tree in Nash County, N.C., outside Raleigh.

— N.C. FLASH FLOOD — Flash flood warnings have been canceled for North Carolina.