BROOKLYN - As powerful Hurricane Irene barrels up the East Coast, low-lying parts of the borough like Manhattan Beach are bracing for the worst.

Residents of the area have been ordered to evacuate by 5 p.m. tomorrow.

The city's Parks Department was out removing trash cans that weren't screwed down today, while many residents used sandbags and plywood to protect their property.News 12 BK Weather CenterEmergency InfoNYC Evacuation Zones