As of Saturday, August 27, 2011 5:30 EDT five people have died due to Hurricane Irene from falling trees, car accident and a heart attack. Storm related ordered evacuations in NCY area alone reached more than 2 million due to expectations of low lying areas having storm surges and massive flooding. The hurricane floodwaters are expected to cover a 450-mile wide pathway. The nation’s largest rail subway system is closing as a precaution to flooding for the first time in history. The President visited a the FEMA EOC today and reiterated the next 72 hours will be critical for many people on the eastern coastal regions at the same time he calls for a re-kindling of the spirit of cooperation exhibited on 911.
The nation is in a crisis. Deaths and destruction are all taking a toll. Hurricane Irene is affecting millions of people already well before the response.