Airports are closed. Streets are empty. Public transit is shut down.
Even Broadway is dark this weekend as New York City braces for Hurricane Irene.
The storm is expected to slam the most populous city in the U.S. Saturday night. The potential for a major storm surge prompted Mayor Michael Bloomberg to issue a mandatory evacuation order Friday afternoon -- the first in the city's history.
More than 300,000 coastal residents were ordered to leave their homes.
“It's going to be a very serious (storm),” Bloomberg said in a press conference Saturday morning. “You can't prepare for the best case; you have to prepare for the worst case.”
More than 90 emergency shelters have been set up around to city, and taxicabs have been instructed to allow pets along for the ride to cut down on animal abandonments.
Other cities and states on the U.S. east coast are preparing for Irene, shutting down public transit, cancelling flights and urging people to stay home.
Irene made landfall in North Carolina as a category 1 hurricane Saturday morning. Irene has already been blamed for a few deaths in North Carolina and Virginia.
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With files from The Associated Press and Alexandra Pope