THURSDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Federal officials on Thursday continued to urge residents of the U.S. East Coast to make emergency preparations for Hurricane Irene, a "category 3" storm with winds up to 115 miles per hour.
The current forecast places the center of Irene just off the North Carolina/Virginia coast on Saturday and over New England by Monday morning, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.
Federal officials say Irene could cause flooding and power outages as far north as Maine.
All residents should take steps to be prepared and ensure their safety, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.
Steps include putting together an emergency kit with 72 hours' worth of food and water, developing a family communications plan, and listening to the radio or TV for information about risks and evacuations.
Among other federal government recommendations if the hurricane is likely to strike your area:
People should evacuate under the following conditions:
If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room. If you do not have a safe room, you should:
The U.S. government's Ready America website has more about staying safe during a hurricane.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCES: U.S. National Weather Service; Federal Emergency Management Agency
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