NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) — A hurricane warning has been extended north to include New York City as Irene approaches the East Coast.
It's the first time since 1985 that such a warning has been issued for the city.
The warning stretches beyond New York to Massachusetts. It also includes coastal Connecticut and Martha's Vineyard, where President Barack Obama was wrapping up a vacation Friday. A warning means hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours.
Warnings stretch as far south as North Carolina, where Irene already is bringing rain and tropical storm-force winds. It's then expected to barrel up the East Coast. As many as 65 million people could be affected.
Earlier Friday, some 300,000 New Yorkers were ordered to evacuate ahead of Irene.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)