Maryland, Va. Declare States of Emergency

As Irene approaches, New York City warns transit may close

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 25, 2011 4:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – The governors of Maryland and Virginia have declared states of emergency as the East Coast readies for Hurricane Irene. Maryland’s governor has ordered an evacuation of Ocean City and encouraged others in low-lying coastal areas to depart and “stay with someone who loves them” this weekend, the Washington Post notes. Meanwhile, New York City officials are warning that mass transit may be shut down across the city if winds and rain require it, the New York Post reports. Amtrak is canceling some trains south of Washington, too.

Todd Ketch of Woodbridge, Va., packs up his family's belongings as they prepare to evacuate in Nags Head, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.
Todd Ketch of Woodbridge, Va., packs up his family's belongings as they prepare to evacuate in Nags Head, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A man pushes a cart with a generator at a Home Depot store in Kitty Hawk in the North Carolina Outerbanks on August 25, 2011.
A man pushes a cart with a generator at a Home Depot store in Kitty Hawk in the North Carolina Outerbanks on August 25, 2011.   (Getty Images)
Shoppers stock up on water from rapidly emptying shelves at a grocery store in Far Rockaway in New York, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.
Shoppers stock up on water from rapidly emptying shelves at a grocery store in Far Rockaway in New York, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Hurricane Irene on August 25, 2011 in the Caribbean Sea.
Hurricane Irene on August 25, 2011 in the Caribbean Sea.   (Getty Images)
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