State-by-state look at dangers, prep for Irene

August 25, 2011 - 9:30 PM

Here is a state-by-state glance on how Hurricane Irene is predicted to strike states all along the Eastern Seaboard as of Thursday evening:

CONNECTICUT

— Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall on Sunday. They say they are unable to determine where it would hit land first because forecasts show that could be anywhere between New Jersey and Cape Cod.

— Hurricane warnings have not been issued.

— Mandatory evacuations have not been ordered.

— Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

DELAWARE

— Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall 7 a.m. Sunday at Rehoboth and Bethany beaches.

— No watches or warnings.

— Mandatory evacuations ordered for visitors to coastal areas.

— Governor declared emergency.

— Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.

— State will open shelters in all three counties on Friday.

MARYLAND

— Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall early Sunday near Ocean City.

— Hurricane watch Ocean City; tropical storm warning for Baltimore to Eastern Shore to D.C. suburbs.

— Mandatory evacuations ordered for Ocean City.

— Governor declared emergency.

— Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999

— Assateague State Park closing until Wednesday.

MASSACHUSETTS

— Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall in Massachusetts on Sunday. They say they are unable to determine where it would hit land first because forecasts show that could be anywhere between New Jersey and Cape Cod.

— Hurricane warnings have not been issued in the state.

— Mandatory evacuations have not been ordered.

— Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

— Red Cross is pre-positioning emergency response vehicles, mobilizing trained disaster workers and preparing supplies in case they are needed.

— Boston's largest homeless shelter is also beginning to warn people living in the streets about the approaching hurricane. Pine Street Inn is also preparing to open its doors around the clock from Saturday afternoon through Monday, and it is strongly urging the homeless to come in for safety.

NEW JERSEY

— Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall by 10 a.m. Sunday near Cape May.

— Hurricane watch in effect for nine counties.

— Mandatory evacuations ordered for Cape May County.

— Governor declared emergency for the state.

— Last hurricane to directly hit the state was remnants of Hurricane Floyd in 1999, which caused major flooding inland.

— Atlantic City casinos began canceling bus trips as gamblers scrapped reservations.

NEW YORK

— Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall early Sunday morning in the eastern part of Queens, New York City, as a Category 1 storm.

— No watches or warnings.

— New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the evacuation of nursing homes and hospitals located in low-lying coastal areas, such as Battery Park City in lower Manhattan, Coney Island in Brooklyn and Far Rockaway in Queens, beginning Friday.

— The governor declared a state of emergency and the state's Office of Emergency Management has increased staffing in its underground bunker.

— Last hurricane to hit was Hurricane Gloria in 1985 on Long Island as a Category 2 storm with winds gusts of up to 100 mph. Since then, numerous remnants of hurricanes that have struck the state.

— Officials expect to shut down the city's entire transit system at some point Saturday afternoon.

NORTH CAROLINA

— Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall Saturday afternoon near Morehead City. Early storm surge prediction of 7 to 9 feet along Outer Banks and northern coast.

— Hurricane warning for entire coast.

— Governor and president declared emergency for the state.

— Evacuations ordered for all of the Outer Banks as well as inland Currituck County, Dare County, Hyde County and low-lying areas of Beaufort County

— Last hurricane to hit was Isabel in 2003.

— The Red Cross is opening eight shelters for people who need them. More shelters are expected to open Friday.

RHODE ISLAND

— Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall on Sunday. They say they are unable to determine where it would hit land first because forecasts show that could be anywhere between New Jersey and Cape Cod.

— No hurricane warnings or watches

— No mandatory evacuations

— Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991, which made landfall twice

SOUTH CAROLINA

— Forecaster predict Irene to be about 100 miles east of Myrtle Beach early Saturday morning

— Tropical storm warnings issued from Edisto Island north to North Carolina state line

— No mandatory evacuations ordered

— Last hurricane to hit was Charley in 2004

— 1-2 inches of rain and winds up to 50 mph predicted in Myrtle Beach area; 1/2 inch of rain and winds gusting up to 35 mph expected near Charleston

VERMONT, MAINE, NEW HAMPSHIRE

— Forecasters predict Irene to reach northern New England Sunday night

— Heavy rain expected to start Saturday night. Potential for flooding rains and gusty winds

— No evacuations planned since path uncertain

— The Red Cross plans to open four shelters in New Hampshire

VIRGINIA

— Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall at 2 a.m. Sunday

— Hurricane watch for coast

— Mandatory evacuations ordered for the Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach, a barrier island dotted with rentals

— Governor declared emergency

— Last hurricane to hit the state was Hurricane Isabel in 2003

— The cities of Norfolk and Virginia beach are opening shelters on Friday

WASHINGTON, D.C.

— Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall: Won't make landfall in DC.

— Tropical storm watch

— No mandatory evacuations ordered

— Last hurricane to hit was Hazel in 1954.

— Approach of hurricane forced postponement of Sunday's dedication of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.