FEMA chief: Stay at home in Irene's wake

By the Associated Press | August 28, 2011 | 10:00 AM EDT

President Barack Obama listens to an update on the status of Hurricane Irene at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, by FEMA director Craig Fugate, right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the nation's emergency response agency says people shouldn't underestimate the danger once Hurricane Irene passes.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Craig Fugate says flooding, weakened trees and downed power lines pose a danger even after the storm moves north up the Atlantic Coast.

Fugate is urging people not to drive around and sightsee after the storm has passed through their areas. His advice: Stay inside, stay off the roads, and let the power crews do their job.

Fugate made the round of the Sunday talk shows as the storm moved through New York City and the Northeast.