Irene leaves millions powerless, thousands evacuate homes

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Hurricane Irene
Washington, Aug 28: Hurricane Irene slammed eastern parts of the United States with strong winds and heavy rain, leaving millions powerless, thousands forced to evacuate, with reports of at least 10 dead and substantial damages to properties.

US President Barack Obama himself was on top of the things personally monitoring the preparedness of the hurricane Irene by his administration.

Obama, who has declared State of Emergency in eight States, held two conference calls with his top national team.

Cities in several States had declared curfew and police not allowing people come out on the streets.

Emergency shelter homes were opened in cities across the eastern Coast so that people affected by the hurricane can take shelter.

"The President asked to be kept apprised of developments throughout the night and said that he wants the group to re-convene tomorrow morning," the White House said.

The hurricane, which had hit Washington, late yesterday is expected to reach New York City by early this morning.

"We expect a strong Category 1 storm to hit us tonight, with winds between 55 and 75 miles an hour," the New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

All the Hindu temples and gurdwaras in the region, which are normally thronged by Indian Americans on Sundays have been closed as a precautionary measure.

Metro services were suspended in several cities including New York, Washington and Boston.

PTI

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