New York City Prepares For Direct Hit By Hurricane Irene
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A sign hangs on plastic tape blocking the entrance to the Chambers St subway station August 27, 2011 in New York City. In anticipation of a large storm or hurricane hitting the city, the New York City mass transit network, the nation’s largest, closed at noon on Saturday, ending subway, bus, and commuter rail service until Monday. There are approximately 370,000 city residents in low lying areas are under a mandatory evacuation order ahead of Hurricane Irene.