Streets empty as Hurricane Irene batters New York

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
August 28, 2011 08:47

 
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BATTERY PARK, NEW YORK – Lower Manhattan was almost entirely devoid of people early Sunday morning as the much-anticipated Hurricane Irene battered the city from the south.

Violent winds and heavy rain swept through the empty streets of the Financial District which had been evacuated by order of Mayor Michael Bloomberg together with other low-lying parts of the city because of the risk of flooding.

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