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HURRICANE IRENE: Tornado Warnings Issued for New York City – ABC News

August 28, 2011

Lower Manhattan is seen amidst dark clouds in New York, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Hurricane Irene bore down on a dark and quiet New York early Sunday, bringing winds and rapidly rising seawater that threatened parts of the city. (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)

Partly Blue Skies in Lower Manhattan After Irene Makes Landfall as a Tropical Storm

By KEVIN DOLAK, OLIVIA KATRANDJIAN and COLLEEN CURRY

Aug. 28, 2011

Irene made landfall in Coney Island, N.Y., at 8:45 a.m. this morning as a tropical storm with winds at 65 mph, but by 10 a.m. patches of blue sky and sunshine began peeking through in lower Manhattan.

The storm’s passage is still accompanied by heavy rain fall and brings the potential for tornadoes. but forecasts indicate Irene will weaken after landfall in New England and become a post-tropical cyclone tonight or early Monday.

Tornado warnings were issued in the New York City and southern New England regions asIrene moved up the east coast, leaving a path of debris and destruction that has claimed at least nine lives so far.

At least 3.1 million homes and businesses are without power and thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. Approximately 9,600 residents in New York City are currently in evacuation shelters.

Over 270,000 in New York have lost power, while in New Jersey at least 460,000 statewide are without power. The National Grid reported that 19,000-plus homes in Rhode Island lost power, and 6,000-plus homes are already without power in Massachusetts.

In lower Manhattan at Wall Street and South Street water from New York’s East River breached the seawall. Work crews swarmed the area attempting to halt water from shoving down the streets, where it could affect transformers in lower Manhattan and flow into the subway system.

The north tube of the Holland Tunnel has now been closed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey due to flooding.

via Hurricane Irene: Tornado Warnings Issued for New York City – ABC News.

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