A man boards up his window ahead of hurricane Irene's arrival
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Hurricane Irene: Obama warns of 'historic' storm

President Barack Obama has warned that Hurricane Irene, currently looming off the east coast of the US, could be a "historic" storm.

Seven states from North Carolina to Connecticut have declared emergencies ahead of Irene's arrival.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in parts of four states, and in low-lying areas of New York City.

The category two storm has weakened a little and is expected to make landfall with winds of up to 100mph (155km/h).

David Willis reports.

  • 26 Aug 2011
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