Hurricane Irene Causes Flights To Cancel At Airports

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08/28/2011 08:05 AM ET

Hurricane Irene caused several flights at airports to close Saturday as travelers prepare for strong winds, rain and possible flooding in many areas in the northeast.

President Obama cut his vacation short by one day, conferencing with his storm tracker team, and warned citizens of the dangers of Hurricane Irene.

"I cannot stress this highly enough: If you are in the projected path of this hurricane, you have to take precautions now. Don't wait. Don't delay," President Obama warned Friday morning from Martha's Vineyard, urging citizens to visit ready.gov if they are not sure how to prepare.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York City will shut down subways and other mass transit starting noon Saturday.

"We are fully committed, and we are preparing for the worst," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced an evacuation of residents in specific low-lying areas by 5 p.m. Saturday. He said this is the first time the city has ever mandated the evacuation of a potential flood zone. The last shutdown of the whole mass transit system took place in 2005 for a labor strike.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said Southeastern Penn. Trans. Authority (SEPTA) public transportation will cease all service beginning 12:30 a.m. EST Saturday.

According to the latest Hurricane Irene Storm Tracker, it is churning up the East Coast, expected to arrive in New York late Saturday into Sunday.

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