Sunday, August 28, 2011

Two million evacuated as Hurricane Irene hits US

More than two million people on America's east coast have been told to leave their homes to spare them from Hurricane Irene, which has already been battering North Carolina.

They include a quarter of a million New Yorkers along the city's southern coastal rim. The mass evacuation is taking place ahead of the storm's expected arrival there on Sunday.

Now reported to be a thousand kilometres wide, Irene has weakened slightly to a Category 1 hurricane but still threatens tens of millions of people with winds of around 150 kilometres an hour.

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