Hurricane Irene's outer bands reach Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, early Saturday. (Photo: AP Photo/Robert Ray)
The latest on what's happening with Hurricane Irene — in its wake and in its path as it moves north along the Eastern Seaboard:
BEHIND THE STORM:
— TROPICAL STORM conditions spread into coastal Virginia, Maryland and Delaware as Irene heads north
— IRENE MAKES LANDFALL as the center of the storm comes ashore near Cape Lookout, N.C., about 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
— IRENE HITS BAHAMAS — A large and powerful Hurricane Irene roared across the Bahamas on Wednesday, pummeling the country's smaller, less-populated islands while posing less of a threat to the capital, a major tourist destination with 200,000 residents.
— CARIBBEAN DAMAGE — The narrow Cat Island in the southeastern Bahamas took the full force of Irene at its most powerful, whipped by winds that exceeded 120 mph. The exact extent of damage in the island chain was still being tallied, but preliminary reports indicated hundreds of homes were damaged, police said. There were no deaths or major injuries.
— NHC WARNING — The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami warned Thursday that an "extremely dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 7 to 11 feet above normal tide levels over the Bahamas."
— FLORIDA INJURIES — Eight people were injured in rough waters caused by Irene in South Florida.
AHEAD OF THE STORM:
— EVACUATIONS — North Carolina's Carteret County orders evacuations for visitors, Outer Banks residents as Irene is very near. Ocean City, Md., orders thousands to evacuate. New York City mayor orders unprecedented mandatory evacuations for residents in low-lying coastal areas as well as at some hospitals and nursing homes.
— TORNADOES — Tornado watches and warnings were in effect along the East Coast ahead of Irene. A town official in North Carolina said witnesses believed a tornado spawned by the hurricane lifted the roof off the warehouse of a car dealership in Belhaven on Friday night and damaged a mobile home, an outbuilding and trees.
— TRANSPORTATION — New York City orders buses, planes and its entire subway system to be shut down as Irene marches up the East Coast. Hundreds of thousands of airline passengers will be grounded this weekend at some of the nation's busiest airports.
— SPORTS — Before it hit land, Irene trimmed at least 18 holes off the PGA Tour's first playoff event and forced several more schedule changes and cancellations along the East Coast.
— BROADWAY — Theater producers in New York decided not to mess with Irene's drama and canceled weekend shows both on and off-Broadway.
— HURRICANE WARNINGS — Hurricane warnings have been issued for North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, coastal Connecticut and Rhode island, and Massachusetts.
— OBAMA DECLARES EMERGENCY — President Barack Obama has declared emergencies for North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts ahead of Irene.
— NAVY WARSHIPS — U.S. Navy orders ships in big Virginia base to sail for safer waters ahead of Irene.