BROOKLYN - Many Brooklyn residents spent the day today preparing for Hurricane Irene today by boarding up their homes and businesses and stocking up on groceries and supplies.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is asking everyone in Brooklyn evacuation zones to get out now before Hurricane Irene arrives locally. The mayor also says it's likely that Con Edison may have to turn off power because sea water could damage underground power lines.

Hurricane Irene has weakened slightly, with sustained winds down to 85 mph from about 100 mpg a day earlier, making it a Category 1, the least threatening on the scale. AP reports were used in this article.