Hurricane Irene started to blow towards the East Coast of United States. According to US National Hurricane Center, Irene made landfall on Saturday near Cape Lookout on the coast of eastern North Carolina.
Irene is carrying winds of 85 miles per hour (140 km/hour), was a Category 1 hurricane. Punishing rain bands are lashing the Carolinas, southeast Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula.
Flooding and power outages are expected as per the speed of hurricane and its wind carrying power. 370,000 are already evacuated as airlines, bus systems, subways, rail services prepare to halt.
President Obama has already predicted the burden and cost after the hurricane comes to halt. He has expected lot of losses from this disaster. He announced the vulnerable area to be safe very quick. More than 2 million people in Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia and Delaware were told to move to safer places. He has also affirmed emergency for North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
The winds are slowly climbing southeast Virginia. The hurricane is expected to bring more destruction in many places including Mid-Atlantic and New England. Those destructive impacts include a significant water level rise, excessive rainfall and damaging winds.