NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) — The latest forecasts show Irene crashing into the North Carolina coastline Saturday, then churning up the Eastern Seaboard and drenching areas from Virginia to New York City before a weakened storm reaches New England.
In Washington, Irene dashed hopes of dedicating a 30-foot sculpture to Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday on the National Mall.
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have been told to pack a bag and be prepared to move elsewhere. The nation's biggest city has not seen a hurricane in decades. A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says a hurricane warning hasn't been issued there since Hurricane Gloria hit in 1985 as a Category 2 storm.
Many of New York's subways and other infrastructure are underground, making them subject to flooding.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)