One Million People Leave the New Jersey Coast

More than one million people left coastal towns in New Jersey, United States, ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irene on Saturday (27/08/2011). Mandatory evacuation includes all the resorts in the state, including the well known places, such as Atlantic City, Cape May, and Long Beach Island.

Irene is expected to hit the state with winds of at least 120 kilometers per hour and 15-30 inches of rainfall began late Saturday. Four people were reported dead in North Carolina and Virginia when the storm was moving toward the north."More than one million people have left the coast of Jersey in the last 24 hours," said Gov. Chris Christie at a press conference.

"The best way to preserve human life on the Jersey coast is clear the region of the human being in there." In an American Red Cross shelter in Toms River, about 13 miles west of Seaside Heights, a barrier island city, as many as 375 people prepared to sleep in the cot provided on a school hall, including European students are recruited for summer jobs.

"We came to the shelter because we wanted to come," said Emiliya Ileva (22), student from Bulgaria who worked in the city since May.

It was similar to that experienced Stoyanka Simeonova (24). "I had nowhere to stay so I came here," he said. Both students came from the town of Plovdiv in Bulgaria. Sidney Farcy shelter manager of the American Red Cross said the facility was filled with people who take refuge on Saturday afternoon and the cot will be added again. One shelter is provided at the school again. "If people continue to grow and the cyclone is still in progress, provided a shelter again," said Farcy, from Joplin,

Missouri, where ever hit by a tornado in May. Christie said that in Atlantic County, one of the evacuated areas, 90 percent of residents and visitors have gone, but few parents still survive. Police will visit as many as 600 people who survived and tried to persuade merkea to go, said the governor.

Casinos and hotels in Atlantic City, vacated by order of the governor. A state of emergency has been imposed in New Jersey since Thursday. Hurricane Irene moved to the beach in Outer Banks, North Carolina, near Cape Lookout, at around 07:30 local time. At 05.00 local time its center located at 80 km south southeast of Norfolk, Virginia, and 545 miles southwest of New York.

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