New York is under attack again, but this thime terrorists aren't the culprits; it's Mother Nature on the rampage; the Herald reports:
New York City's mayor has ordered mandatory evacuations of low-lying areas and the city's entire system is to be shut down as Hurricane Irene makes its way towards land.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city had never ordered a mandatory evacuation before and stressed they would not be doing this if they did not believe Hurricane Irene posed a serious threat.
The areas to be evacuated are coastal areas in Brooklyn, Queens, including all of the Rockaways, and Staten Island, along with Battery Park City and the financial district in Lower Manhattan and Governor's Island.
"You only have to look at the weather maps to understand how big this storm is and how unique it is," the mayor said at a news conference, "and it's heading basically for us."
The image above is of Hurricane Irene two days ago. Since then the storm has tracked north-west and intensified, and the upper eastern seaboard from the Carolinas to Massachusetts is under threat.
This certainly looks to be a storm of considerable significance. We will follow Irene's progress with interest.