1. New York

    Mayor Bloomberg: Evacuate Now

    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