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Originally published Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 5:31 AM

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

Hurricane Irene has thrashed North Carolina and Virginia, knocking out power to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses, destroying piers and killing at least seven people. Here's a state-by-state glance on how it's affected states along the Eastern Seaboard:

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Hurricane Irene has thrashed North Carolina and Virginia, knocking out power to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses, destroying piers and killing at least seven people. Here's a state-by-state glance on how it's affected states along the Eastern Seaboard:

CONNECTICUT

- Irene predicted to make landfall Sunday between New Jersey and Cape Cod, in Massachusetts. Storm's track forecast through central parts of Connecticut.

- Hurricane warning for coast.

- Fairfield ordered a mandatory evacuation for shoreline residents as of noon Saturday, affecting 5,000 to 6,000 people.

- Millstone nuclear power plant to be shut down if winds exceed 90 mph.

- Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

- Irene likely to cause prolonged power outages and flooding in low-lying areas along the shoreline.

- President Barack Obama and governor declare state of emergency. National Guard mobilized.

DELAWARE

-At least 36,000 homes and businesses without power.

-Apparent tornado touchdown damages 15 structures near Lewes.

-Indian River Inlet Bridge closed Saturday afternoon to all but emergency traffic.

-Governor bans non-essential travel in the state.

-Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.

FLORIDA

- Surfer is killed Saturday off the central Florida coast after being tossed off his board by heavy waves caused by hurricane. Officials say a New Jersey tourist also died Saturday in rough surf.

MAINE

- Irene predicted to reach northern New England Sunday night.

- Governor declared an emergency.

- Potential for flooding rains and gusty winds.

- No evacuations planned.

- Lobstermen began moving their fishing gear farther offshore to avoid damage amid expectations of 30-foot seas.

MARYLAND

- More than 300,000 homes and businesses without power.

- State police report an apparent tornado touchdown on the lower Eastern Shore; no injuries.

- National Weather Service warns of flooding in parts of southern and central Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

- Up to 8 inches of rain on lower Eastern Shore.

- Maryland Transit Administration suspends service Saturday evening.

- Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.

MASSACHUSETTS

- Irene predicted to make landfall in southern New England on Sunday.

- Hurricane warnings issued for Martha's Vineyard. Hurricane watch in effect for the coastline to the mouth of the Merrimack River.

- The governor and president declared a state of emergency. The governor deployed 500 National Guard troops, saying an additional 2,000 troops will be activated Saturday.

- In Boston, the transit authority announced public transportation would be shut down Sunday because of the hurricane.

- 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 central Massachusetts.

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.

- Governor directed state Emergency Operations Center to be opened.

- The Red Cross plans to open four shelters.

- Organizers of the annual Hampton Beach Talent Competition condensed 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 visitors and residents of Cape May County, coastal Atlantic County and Long Beach Island.

- Governor and president declare state of emergency. State asks National Guard for additional communications equipment for its emergency responders.

- Governor says more than 5,000 people already in shelters as hurricane threatens.

- New Jersey Transit trains and buses to shut down Saturday.

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

- Atlantic City casinos shutting down for only the third time since gambling was legalized 33 years ago.

NEW YORK

- Irene predicted to make landfall Sunday as a Category 1 storm between New Jersey and Cape Cod.

- Hurricane watch and a flood watch issued for Long Island, New York City and suburban Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties.

- Mandatory evacuations ordered for New York City residents in low-lying coastal areas that are home to 370,000.

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

- National Guard troops were heading to Rome, N.Y., where they could be ready to quickly get to New York City, Long Island or other shore areas, to transport supplies or provide search and rescue assistance.

- New York City's public transit system, the nation's biggest, was shut down Saturday. The five main New York-area airports also closed.

- Taxis in New York City switch from metered fares to zone fares.

NORTH CAROLINA

- Hurricane warning for entire coast.

- Governor and president declared emergency for the state. Eighteen eastern counties under some form of mandatory or voluntary evacuation.

- Irene made landfall Saturday morning near Cape Lookout. Storm surge prediction of up to 11 feet in Pamlico Sound and up to 9 feet along Outer Banks.

- Two storm-related deaths reported Saturday: One man killed in Nash County after a tree limb falls on him outside his home. A child died in Goldsboro after the car she was in crashed at an intersection where hurricane had knocked out power to traffic lights.

- By early afternoon, more than 580,000 people were left without electricity.

- The Neuse River pours over its banks and into the city of New Bern. Several dozen people had to be rescued from homes as up to 4 feet of water rushed in.

- More than 60 shelters open in 26 counties.

- 1,300 prisoners evacuated from two coastal prisons.

- Ferry service suspended until winds subside.

- Last hurricane to hit was Isabel in 2003.

PENNSYLVANIA

- Hurricane warnings in effect for Philadelphia and Delaware counties. Tropical storm warnings in effect for other parts of eastern Pennsylvania.

- Governor declares state of emergency.

- Tropical storms forecast as early as Saturday afternoon.

- Half-foot or more of rain expected. In Philadelphia, where the mayor declared the city's first state of emergency since one triggered by racial tensions in 1986, the rain forecast follows an already single-month record of more than 13 inches.

- Mass transit serving Philadelphia and its suburbs to halt at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

- Residents of low-lying areas in two Delaware County communities told to evacuate.

- Last hurricane to hit was Floyd in 1999.

- Flood and flash flood watches are in effect for parts of northeastern and central Pennsylvania through Sunday.

RHODE ISLAND

- Irene predicted to make landfall Sunday. Six to 10 inches of rain expected to fall starting as early as Saturday night.

- State of emergency declared.

- Hurricane watch issued for much of the state. Tropical storm watch for portions of two inland counties.

- Mandatory evacuations ordered for low-lying communities in Narragansett, South Kingstown and Bristol by 10 a.m. Sunday. Parts of Westerly are under evacuation orders by 6 p.m. Saturday.

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

- Residents warned to expect prolonged power outages and property 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 Island to 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 noon Friday.

- Beach erosion reported at high tide Friday evening on Edisto Island and Folly Beach.

- About 5,000 customers without power from storms in Irene's outer bands.

VERMONT

- Forecasters predict Irene to reach northern New England on Sunday night.

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

- No evacuations planned since path uncertain.

- Parts of the state hard-hit by Memorial Day weekend flash flooding were bracing for another round.

VIRGINIA.

- Hurricane watch for coast. Storm surge and rain were expected to cause flooding.

- 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.

- Three storm-related deaths reported: A person was killed when a tree fell on a car in Brunswick County. An 11-year-old Newport News boy dies when tree felled by storm crashes through apartment building. Another man died when a house was hit by a tree.

- Apparent tornado heavily damages five homes in the Sandbridge area.

- By Saturday afternoon, more than 600,000 customers in Virginia are without electricity.

- 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.

- Interstate 85 South near Petersburg closed because of trees toppled from Hurricane Irene.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

-36,000 homes and businesses without power.

-Homeless shelters are open around the clock.

-City gives away sandbags to residents for a second day.

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

-Last hurricane to hit was Hazel in 1954.

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