Brooklyn preps for possible Hurricane Irene hit

With Hurricane Irene expected to make her way up the East Coast, officials say Brooklyn residents should be prepared for strong winds and heavy rains.

BROOKLYN - With Hurricane Irene expected to make her way up the East Coast, officials say Brooklyn residents should be prepared for strong winds and heavy rains.

At high-rise buildings it's recommended that everyone stay below the tenth floor during a hurricane. However, officials say residents should stay above ground level to avoid areas prone to flooding from heavy rains.

Irene could turn into a Category 4 storm today, but it's expected to be either a Category 1 or 2 by the time it could reach the area.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is urging residents to have an emergency kit on hand, with water, ready to eat canned food, a flashlight, and personal hygiene products like toothpaste.

News 12 Brooklyn Weather Center National Hurricane Center

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