Aug 28, 2011
10.17 (05.17 EDT) New York’s Mayor Bloomberg has given a press conference in which he states “the time for evacuation is over”.
The Mayor tells New York residents to stay in their homes and ride out the storm together:
10.14 (05.14 EDT) Jon Swaine reports of a new post-Katrina rescue measure that’s being carried out in parts of New York:
Residents of Quogue, New York, who refused to leave their homes were visited by firemen and made to write their social security number on their arms in marker pen, in case they were later discovered dead.
• 10 dead and two million without power including 36,000 in New York
• New York City on lock down. Anyone who failed to evacuate now told to stay inside and stay away from windows.
• Irene moving north-northeast at 17mph (28 kph) with wind gusts of 115mph