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Waiting for Irene: Saturday Morning on the Lower East Side

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Good morning. At this hour it’s 75 degrees in New York City, with 90% humidity.  While rain is starting to come down in southern New Jersey, forecasters say it won’t start to fall here until around 3 this afternoon. It’s another story down south, of course.  Hurricane Irene made landfall in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina two hours ago. She’s now a Category 1 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.

Here in the city, the transit system will begin shutting down at noon — it’s about an eight hour process.  Meanwhile, residents of Evacuation Zone A (including sections of the waterfront on the Lower East Side) must leave their homes by 5 o’clock tonight. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for NYC.

We’ll be following LES-related storm developments throughout the day. An updated list of businesses closing and programs canceled is coming up shortly.

If you need to know if you’re in Zone A, have a look at this interactive map from WNYC.


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  1. I got a quick announcement that the Union Square GreenMarket is open until 11. I hopped on the bus (free). Maybe a quarter of the regular vendors are there and lots of customers. People were win a pretty jolly mood. Bus home was free, too.

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