우려되고 있는 점은 그 규모가 너무 크고 강력하기 때문인데 거의 유럽 크기라고 한다.
동서가 400마일에 남북이 300마일 정도라 한 도시를 지나가는데만 이틀이 넘는다고 하여 그 피해가 상상을 불허하고 있다. 7월 27일 현재도 중심속도가 100을 넘고 있고 집중 폭우를 동반하고 있어 미국의 동부 해안가는 큰 피해가 예상되어 강제 퇴거를 명령하였다.
뉴욕, 허리케인 때문에 사상 최초 '도시 탈출'
“뉴욕시 해안가나 저지대에 사는 모든 주민들은 의무적으로 대피할 것을 다시 한 번 알려드립니다.”
시속 160㎞의 강풍을 동반한 허리케인 ‘아이린(Irene)’에 미국 동부 해안 11개 주가 ‘비상사태’를 선포했다고 뉴욕타임스(NYT)가 26일 보도했다. 특히 마이클 블룸버그(Bloomberg) 뉴욕 시장은 ‘주민들의 의무 대피’를 강조하며, 주민 25만명에게 대피령을 내렸다. 지하철과 버스 운행도 일시 중단할 예정이다.
세계 최고의 도시로 꼽히는 ‘뉴욕’에서 주민 대피령이 내려진 것은 이번이 처음이다. 살림살이를 실은 차량들의 피난 행렬은 뉴욕시 곳곳에서 목격되기 시작했다.
이 신문에 따르면, 뉴욕시는 만일의 사태에 대비하기 위해 대중교통 운행도 27일 정오부터 중단할 예정이다. 운행이 중단되는 구간은 롱 아일랜드, 메트로-노스 레일로드 등이다. 468개 전철역과 수천개의 버스 노선이 포함되는 구간이다. 뉴욕주의 대중교통 운행이 중단되는 것은 2005년 노조 파업 이후 처음이다. 뉴저지의 열차와 필라델피아의 교외 대중 운송 수단도 일부 끊길 전망이다.
블룸버그 뉴욕 시장은 이날 기자회견을 통해 “이번 허리케인의 피해는 매우 심각할 것으로 전망된다”고 말했다. 뉴욕시 당국은 강제 대피에 따른 약탈·강도 등 무질서 상황이 발생하는 것을 막기 위해 강제 대피가 실시되는 지역에 대한 감시를 강화하고 이에 필요한 인력도 증원한다는 계획이다.
미국 언론들은 아이린이 지금 규모를 유지하며 맨해튼을 지나가게 되면 367억~936억 달러(40조~101조원)의 피해가 발생할 수 있다고 전했다. 367억 달러는 뉴욕시 1년 예산의 절반 수준에 가까운 거액이다.Readers capture Hurricane Irene's approach
Hurricane Irene makes landfall in North Carolina
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Hurricane Irene's wind and rain pour down as North Cove Marina employees work to secure gangways, docks and boats as seawater comes over the marina's low walls just before high tide in the World Financial Center Plaza on Aug. 28 in New York City
Pat Valent helps friends clear out belongings from their storm-damaged beach home in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach, Va. on Sunday. Irene caused damage over such a broad area that the total damage is not yet known.
A lighthouse-shaped building is battered by storm surge and winds from Hurricane Irene in Montauk, New York on Aug. 28.
A man walks on a flooded street in Hoboken, N.J. on Sunday morning.
Rising water laps over the sea wall at Battery Park in New York City on Sunday morning. Hurricane Irene bore down on a dark and quiet New York early Sunday, bringing winds and rapidly rising seawater that threatened parts of the city.
A bull dozer clears sand and debris from Hwy. 12 near Avon, N.C. on Aug. 28. High winds from hurricane Irene and overnight flooding affected much of the Outer Banks.
The Coney Island boardwalk in New York is obscured by sand and rain as Hurricane Irene reached the area Sunday morning. Rainfall overflowed sewers and seawater lapped at sidewalks at the edges of New York City from densely populated lower Manhattan to the far reaches of Queens as a weakening Irene made landfall over Coney Island.
A street signs rest in a Baltimore, Md. street, Aug. 28, after falling over during Hurricane Irene. The storm caused some power outages but no significant damage or flooding throughout the Baltimore region.
Manhattan is hit by Hurricane Irene on Sunday, Aug. 28. The hurricane hit New York City’s skyscrapers with fierce winds and threatened to flood the financial district after killing ten people along the East coast on Saturday.
Heavy rain falls in Battery Park in New York City as Hurricane Irene hits Manhattan on Sunday, Aug. 28. Battery Park and other areas in Lower Manhattan were evacuated in advance of the storm.
People walk in Times Square in New York on Aug. 28, as Hurricane Irene hits the city and Tri State area with rain and high winds.
A gas station is damaged, Aug. 28, after Hurricane Irene swept through Lusby, Md.
Waves crash onto a road as Hurricane Irene arrives, August 28, in Southampton, New York. Irene is expected to move through the area today with heavy rain and high winds.
Floodwater surrounds a home as Hurricane Irene arrives on Sunday morning in Southampton, New York. Irene is expected to move through the area today with heavy rain and high winds.
Branches litter an alley in Virginia Beach, VA on Sunday morning. The hurricane made landfall in North Carolina and Virginia early Saturday morning and has now moved further up the East coast to New Jersey and New York later today.
A man walks past a damaged store front on a boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., on Sunday morning. Authorities in Ocean City said that there were no reports of major damage.
The sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach, Va. on Aug. 28. Hurricane Irene made landfall in North Carolina and Virginia early Saturday morning and has now moved further up the East coast.
Large waves from Hurricane Irene pound the Ocean City pier on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 28 in Ocean City, Md. During the night Hurricane Irene past by the small resort town causing power outages, minimal flood and wind damage.
Two men explore a street flooded by Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27 in Manteo, N.C.
A water rescue team maneuvers around a beached boat in the middle of Hwy. 304 in Mesic, N.C., on Aug. 27.
Floodwaters surround homes on Hwy 304 in Mesic, N.C., on Aug. 27.
Jackie Sparnackel has to abandon her van and her belongings after she ventured to check out the storm-damaged pier in Frisco, N.C., on Aug. 27.
The hurricane-force winds of Irene rip the siding off of homes in Nags Head, N.C., on Aug. 27.
Jarod Wilton looks at the floodwaters rising to his doorstep on Aug. 27, in Alliance, N.C., as Hurricane Irene hits the coast.
Lounge chairs are stored in a pool in Ocean City, Md., on Aug. 27 in order to keep them from blowing away.
Two men push a cart through an otherwise deserted Grand Central Terminal in New York on Aug. 27. Metro North has suspended service and Amtrak is running on a reduced schedule due to Hurricane Irene.
Sandbags are stacked outside a Manhattan financial district building on Aug. 27 in New York.
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The Berkeley Mall in Goldsboro, N.C., saw a roof collapse in its atrium section on Aug. 27.
People shield themselves from blowing sand and rain as they look over the beach during Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27 in Kill Devil Hills, N.C.
Damaged power lines burn in Nags Head, N.C., on Aug. 27, as Hurricane Irene hits the northern Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Cody Levy, left, Ian Crossman, and Christian Van Vliet run out onto a receded Albemarle Sound in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., on Aug. 27. The sound had moved out due to the high winds of Hurricane Irene.
Vehicles are driven through a flooded area during Hurricane Irene in Surf City, N.C., Aug. 27.
People hurry in the rain on the boardwalk as Hurricane Irene bears down on Cape May, N.J., Aug. 27.
A reflection of the Chrysler Building is seen in a pool of water on Lexington Avenue just outside of Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 27. A system-wide shutdown of New York City's subways, trains, and buses was ordered in preparation for Hurricane Irene.
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Framed by the Manhattan bridge and lower Manhattan, a U-Haul truck makes it's way north on the FDR Drive in the torrential rain, Aug. 27, in New York.
Turnstiles are barricaded with caution tape shortly before the New York City Subway system suspended service for the first time ever, as preparations are made for Hurricane Irene, in New York, Aug. 27.
A worker places plywood on the windows of a home as he and other workers secure it against the winds of Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27, in Water Mill, N.Y.
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One of two people rescued from a sailboat uses a line to make their way onto the beach on Willoughby Spit in Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 27. The two were rescued from the boat that foundered in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. A rescuer, left, waits for s second person to exit the boat.
An onlooker takes a photo of a fallen gas canopy hit by Hurricane Irene, at the Atlantic Food Mart in Surf City, N.C., Aug. 27.
A man fills sand bags at 128th Street beech in the Rockaways, N.Y., in preparation for Hurricane Irene.
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Arseni Flax, center, and his mother Nelly wait for their subway train to leave as they bring along their parakeets while evacuating the Coney Island section of New York, Aug. 27.
Defying mandatory evacuation orders and a curfew, summer residents Pam Cooke, left, and Jody Bowers share a laugh as strong winds puff up Jody's jacket as they venture out to the beach in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Aug. 27.
People shop at a Hurricane Irene fashion sale in the town of Amagansett, N.Y. on the east end of Long Island, Aug. 27.
Lifeguard Steve Thompson patrols the beach on Aug. 27, in Montauk, N.Y., as Hurricane Irene approaches.
The sun breaks through as surfers hit the ocean Saturday morning, Aug. 27, off of Pawleys Island, S.C. after Hurricane Irene moved through the area and north along the eastern Atlantic coast.
Water in a parking lot enters a storm drain as winds and high tides from approaching Hurricane Irene start to hit the area, on Aug. 27, in Ocean City, Md.
Personnel at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, including NHC director Bill Read, center bottom, conduct a conference call to coordinate the 11 a.m. ET forecast for Hurricane Irene, Saturday, Aug. 27.
Abandoned beachfront houses are surrounded by rising water from Hurricane Irene in Nags Head, N.C., Aug. 27.
A pedestrian crosses an open area as Hurricane Irene passes through Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Aug. 27.
Roman Alvarez, left, and Bob Alvarez use plywood to secure a business against the winds of Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27, in Southhampton, N.Y.
Rhiannon Shaw, 9, tries to stay warm while checking out the beach with friends as Hurricane Irene passes through Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Aug. 27.
Waves crash into Avalon Pier as Hurricane Irene strikes the Outer Banks in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Aug. 27.
Pawleys Island police closed the North Causeway to Pawleys Island as the marshes filled with water at high tide, forming white caps and began crossing the road, Friday, Aug. 26 in Pawleys Island, S.C.
Traffic backs up at The Washout at Folly Beach as people come out to watch the waves created by Hurricane Irene and cheer on the few surfers that came out on Friday in Folly Beach, S.C.
Boaters brave the waves and wind caused by Hurricane Irene at the Morris Island light house Friday in Folly Beach, S.C.
People crowd a Whole Foods store in Manhattan before the arrival of Hurricane Irene on Friday in New York City.
Heading out before Hurricane Irene arrives, people line up on Friday, Aug. 26, for a ferry leaving the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
This satellite-based image shows Irene off the Carolinas on Aug. 26.
Cars pack the westbound lanes of the Atlantic City Expressway on Friday, Aug. 26, as thousands of people evacuate the barrier islands along the southern New Jersey coastline ahead of Hurricane Irene.
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Travellers wait in line for Metro North tickets at New York's Grand Central Station, Friday.
Traffic northbound on Garden State Parkway near Ocean View, N.J., was backed up on Aug. 26.
A shopper passes by empty shelves while looking for bottled water at a store at Rockaway Beach in New York on Aug. 26.
Ambulances wait to transfer patients out of Coney Island Hospital as evacuations began in low-lying parts of New York on Aug. 26.
A surfboard provides protection from wind gusts of 50 mph on Folly Beach, S.C., on Aug. 26.
A lifeguard stand is removed along a beach in Atlantic City, N.J., on Thursday, Aug. 25, ahead of Hurricane Irene.
A message is left for Hurricane Irene on one house, as a resident boards up another on Aug. 25 in Nags Head, N.C.
A high hazard warning flag for dangerous rip currents is raised on Aug. 25 at Tybee Island, Ga.
Cory Ritz braces himself as a wave bursts onto a pie on, Aug. 25 in Boynton Beach, Fla. Irene caused high surf along the Florida coast.
Workers at Alligator River Growers harvest corn in Engelhard, N.C., Aug. 25, in advance of Hurricane Irene as it threatens to make landfall in North Carolina. The storm's winds and torrential rains could mean devastating losses for those who grow corn, cotton, soybeans, tobacco and timber.
Winds from Hurricane Irene whip through Nassau, Bahamas, on Thursday, Aug. 25. The center of the storm stayed offshore but still downed trees and caused power outages.
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Heeding the mandatory visitor evacuation, the Wyn family of Cleona, Pa., pack up at their rented beach house in Nags Head, N.C., on Aug. 25.
Tugboats help Navy guided missile destroyers, the Jason Dunham, left, and the the Winston Churchill, leave the Norfolk Naval Station on Aug. 25. as Hurricane Irene approaches. The U.S. Navy ordered more than 60 ships out to safer waters so they could better weather the storm.
Trees downed by Hurricane Irene block a road in Nassau, Bahamas, on Aug. 25.
Residents of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, on Aug. 24 look at damage left by Irene along the Nigua River. At least three people were killed and more than 37.000 people were evacuated in the country due to the heavy rains caused by the hurricane earlier in the week.
Residents search for belongings amid debris in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, on Aug. 24.