August 26, 2011 — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters that citizens should anticipate and prepare for the possibility of widespread power outages associated with Hurricane Irene, which is expected to hit North Carolina August 26.
Once the storm makes landfall, tropical storm winds are forecast to sweep through toward New England. Napolitano said citizens should pay attention to their local authorities and follow any orders for evacuations when and where they are issued.
The potential impact of the storm could reach far inland in the American East Coast, spreading the risks of damaging winds and flash flooding in the already rain-saturated Eastern Seaboard.
There will be necessary financial resources to address the storm's damage in the disaster relief fund, according to the Homeland Security Department.