1. New York

    Mayor Bloomberg: Evacuate Now

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25:  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a City Hall press conference on Hurricane Irene on August 25, 2011 in New York City. The city is bracing for what could be its first direct hit by a hurricane in decades. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Mario Tama

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has instructed residents planning to evacuate before Hurricane Irene to do so immediately. About 370,000 New Yorkers have been ordered to evacuate low-lying coastal areas. Bloomberg also told New Yorkers to plan for a blackout in lower Manhattan and warned residents that the electric company will have to turn off the grid in other neighborhoods as well if there’s flooding.

    Read it at Associated Press