Hurricane Irene Hits Northeastern United States
Saturday, September 03, 2011
This is IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English.
Emergency crews in the eastern United States are still working to help people affected by Hurricane Irene. The hurricane struck the coast of North Carolina with winds of up to one hundred twenty kilometers an hour last Saturday. The storm weakened as it moved north. But Irene brought heavy rains and destructive winds to the densely populated east coast.
Hundreds of thousands of people were told to leave areas likely to suffer flooding. That included parts of New York City where Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered over two hundred fifty thousand people
Two men use a boat to get down the street in Manteo, North Carolina Saturday, August 27.