Philadelphia Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Irene

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The expected impact of Hurricane Irene has prompted Mayor Nutter to declare a state of emergency in Philadelphia.

Moments after opening the city’s emergency operations center, Mayor Nutter signaled the severity of the situation.

“At approximately 5:30 this evening, I signed a state of emergency declaration for the city of Philadelphia.”

It’s the first such declaration in Philadelphia since 1986 and Nutter says it gives police more discretionary powers, such as the ability to shutter businesses.

“It literally empowers us to be able to tell them that they need to close at a certain time in order to protect the public safety.”

Three shelters in three flood prone regions of the city are now open for the duration of the storm.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio Guide To Hurricane Irene

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One Comment

  1. pete says:

    You mean Tropical Storm Irene. It barely rained where I’m at and was no more windy than your average thunderstorm. No power outage, no downed trees, just a bunch of leaves on the sidewalk. Areas that flood ANYWAY during heavy storms did what they always do. Yawn.

  2. ross says:

    Why are their Marines in Philadelphia?

  3. Bill G. says:

    this site will not accept my comments any longer because I have been right to the point on every one of the subjects. I guess this is Nutter Village.

    1. The Truth Hurts, Don't it? says:


      I believe that recently, WCCO adopted a “No paranoid schizophrenic, living on another planet, hasn’t seen reality since aliens killed JFK” policy that you qualify for by just logging on to their website.

      Sean Hannity

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