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10 Things To Know About Irene

Hurricane Irene on 8/26/11 at 1:40p EDT. The extent of Irene's 600 mile wide cloud cover can be seen covering a third of the U.S. east coast. Source: NASA / GOES-13 satellite.

Nyack, August 27 — In case you have been living under a rock, here’s the news: there’s a hurricane comin’ to town tonight. If Irene prep and hype is making you miserable, you’re not alone: the AP reports that two million people have been ordered to evacuate as Irene rolls up the Eastern U.S.

Here are ten things to know about Hurricane Irene’s impact on the NY Metro area in general and Nyack and Rockland in particular:

  1. The Tappan Zee Bridge will be closed if winds exceed 60 mph as predicted. According to, if the winds hit 40 mph the speed limit would be reduced to 45 mph. Governor Cuomo says he’ll shut down the bridge if the wind speeds exceed 60 mph. For updates on the TZB and the NYS Thruway, visit
  2. If you live in a lowland, park it up high: There will be free parking in the Artopee Way and Riverspace Municipal Lots beginning today at 4p. You can keep your car there until Monday at 11a. All other parking regulations will remain in effect throughout the village.
  3. Beginning at 7p, there’s will be an Emergency Shelter at at Nyack High School, 360 Christian Herald Road, Upper Nyack, NY.
  4. There’s no truth to the Internet rumor that Apple Computer has trademarked the name iRene.
  5. NYC Subways will stop running at 12n on Saturday for the first time in its 100+ year history.
  6. Metro-North will suspend all train service beginning at 12n. The last train from Grand Central to Tarrytown leaves at 12:20p and arrives at 1:10p in Tarrytown. For more info, visit
  7. Rockland Lake State Park will be open on Saturday 8/27 but will be closed on Sunday.
  8. Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef declared a State of Emergency in the county at 6p Friday.
  9. If you lose Orange & Rockland power, you can report an outage or check status online at or by calling 877-434-4100. Maintain a distance of at least 10 feet from downed power lines in the street and anything they might touch, including puddles of water and fences. Call 1-877-434-4100 to report the incident to O&R.
  10. The Giants-Jets game, originally scheduled for Saturday has been rescheduled for Mon Aug 29 at 7p. The bright lights of Broadway will dim on Saturday and Sunday: all shows have been cancelled because of Irene on Aug 27 and 28.

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