NEW YORK - New York City residents in low-lying areas should
voluntarily start moving out on Friday, before Hurricane Irene is expected to
hit, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday.
The city's mass transit
system might have to be shut down on Saturday, making it difficult for residents
to leave if they wait, Bloomberg said at a televised news conference.
Yorkers should start feeling the effects of Hurricane Irene early Sunday
morning. It is expected to hit the city of 8.4 million people as a Category 1
storm, the lowest ranking of major storms.