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Bracing for Hurricane Irene

By August 26, 2011

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NASA Goddard's photo of Hurricane Irene on August 26, 2011. The entire East Coast of the United States, from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to New England are expected to get walloped by Hurricane Irene over the weekend. In response, governors and mayors up and down the coast have issued states of emergency and even evacuations.

Of course, this has disrupted travel plans for many trying to enjoy the last vestiges of summer. As of this writing, the official dedication of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC, has been canceled (no new date has been determined), the entire mass transit system of New York City will shut down as of noon on Saturday, and Amtrak has canceled all train service south of Washington, DC, from Friday through Sunday.

For those unsure what to do in the face of an imminent hurricane, our Florida Travel guide has written a helpful hurricane preparation check list. And, while you still have power and a wifi signal, CBS News has a useful round-up of websites and apps to help you weather the storm.

Photo courtesy of NASA Goddard/via Flickr

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