Hurricane Irene has caused damage to the towering building and skyscrapers in New York City and with threats of possible flooding in the financial district. The storm swept the Big Apple with fierce winds accompanied by heavy rainfall, lightning and some reports of tornados. All the business establishments have been closed while thousands were forced to evacuate the area.
With winds up to 130 km/h, Irene has slammed the city and knocked out power to about 640,000 people. It also paralysed the biggest city when subway trains, ferries, buses and airports were shut down. Aside from travel chaos, the massive hurricane was also reported to have ripped off roofs and toppled trees. Bridges and tunnels in New York City were also closed and all residents were asked to stay indoors.
Meanwhile, in Calvert Cliffs, Maryland, the transformer of a nuclear power was reported to be affected by the strong winds and the reactor automatically went offline. However, there is no threat and the facility is still safe as advised by authorities.