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Irene Update 2: Get Prepared


Editor's note: Video added at 1:52 p.m. EDT.

Last night, hurricane Irene passed over Puerto Rico, bringing heavy rains and high winds to the island. Our regional office in New York and our Caribbean Area Office remain in constant contact and coordination with the U.S. Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency and the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, as Irene continues to move northwest this afternoon. A tropical storm warning is still in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, so if you’re in the affected area, continue to follow the direction of local officials.

We currently have liaison officers and Incident Management Assistance Teams in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico emergency operations centers, working with territory and local officials to identify needs and shortfalls impacting potential disaster response and recovery.

While it’s still too early to tell how or where Irene may impact the continental U.S., it’s important that those in the Southeast, and especially those in coastal areas, take steps to get prepared. Visit for information on getting your home and family prepared, or visit for hurricane safety tips on the go.

And for the latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center on hurricane Irene, visit or on your smartphone. We will continue to provide updates about our role under the Severe Tropical Weather category on this blog.

(Para información sobre preparación en español, visite

Last Updated: 
06/02/2017 - 09:32