|US bracing for ‘Irene’
Authorities handed out sandbags in the US port city
of Baltimore on Saturday and residents braced for
flooding as an ominous Hurricane Irene crept up the
US eastern seaboard.
Famed for its inner harbor, the city 40 miles (65
kilometers) northeast of Washington lies in the path
of the hurricane and could see a massive sea surge
later on Saturday as the storm sweeps the
In the harbor-side neighborhood of Fells Point
around 50 people lined up to fill beige sacks with
sand from a large truck.
“I’m going to put the sand bags around my house. I
got 20 of them,” said Lorenzo McCant, 27, who came
with his mother so he could get twice the 10 bags
per person limit.
“It’s a precaution. I’m not afraid, but still, I
live close to the water level.” (AFP)