Hurricane Irene updates: August 31 1:33 pm
Mandatory Evacuation Issued for NYC Coastal Areas
Due to the approach of Hurricane Irene, the City has issued a mandatory evacuation order for New Yorkers who live in the low-lying Zone “A” coastal areas in all five boroughs. This includes all parts of the Rockaways due to its exposure to the ocean. People should be out of these areas by 5PM on Saturday.
2:01 pm Friday
The National Weather Service (NWS) projects that there is a 40% chance of of tropical storm force winds, sustained winds up to 39 mph, will hit the Upper Delaware Valley by Sunday. Additionally, NWS predicts that there may be as much as five inches of rain between Saturday night and Sunday night in the region.
1:40 pm Friday
Governor Tom Corbett declared a statewide disaster emergency to enable state, county and municipal governments to respond effectively to the impact of Hurricane Irene, a massive storm expected to impact much of the eastern half of the state.
The proclamation authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel as necessary to cope with this emergency situation.
1:25 pm Friday
PPL brings crews in from Kentucky
About 150 employees and contractors from PPL’s utility operations in Kentucky are traveling to Pennsylvania today (8/26) to help with weekend storm cleanup. This marks the first time Kentucky employees have provided mutual assistance in Pennsylvania since PPL Corporation acquired Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities last year.