The governor deployed 500 National Guard troops, saying an additional 2,000 troops would be activated Saturday.
Mandatory evacuations were not ordered.
Red Cross positioned emergency response vehicles, mobilized disaster workers.
Irene reaches southern New England on Sunday.
More than 500,000 power customers lose service.
Public transportation in Boston shut down Sunday.
Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.
Drenching rain and high winds reach state Sunday afternoon.
More than 100,000 homes and businesses lose power.
No evacuations planned.
Governor urged people to stay off the roads and beaches.
The Red Cross planned to open four shelters.
Organizers of the annual Hampton Beach Talent Competition condensed the three-night schedule to two, telling competitors "it's one song for all the marbles."
Irene makes landfall along the New Jersey coast near Little Egg Inlet with 75 mph winds, the first hurricane to make landfall in the state in more than a century.
Mandatory evacuations ordered for nearly 1 million visitors and residents.
More than 920,000 homes and businesses lose power.
20-year-old woman who had called police to ask for help getting out of her flooded car in Salem County was found dead in the vehicle eight hours later.
Governor says more than 15,000 people in shelters.
New Jersey Transit trains and buses shut down.
Atlantic City casinos shut down for only the third time since gambling was legalized 33 years ago.
Irene makes landfall Sunday near Coney Island.
Some streets flooded in Manhattan; two major thoroughfares closed.
More than 905,000 homes and businesses statewide lose power, about half on Long Island.
Southbound lanes of the New York State Thruway closed for 137 miles from Albany to West Nyack. Northbound lanes shut for 90 miles from Westchester County to Saugerties.
Bungalows float down streets in Queens. Rescuers search for anyone inside.
New York's major airports remained closed Sunday as the region cleans up after Irene.
Before the storm, mandatory evacuations ordered for New York City residents in low-lying coastal areas that are home to 370,000. Order lifted at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
New York City's public transit system, the nation's biggest, was shut down until at least Monday. The five main New York-area airports also closed. As of 2:30 Sunday, there was no timetable for restarting subways or regional rail systems.
Hurricane makes landfall Saturday morning near Cape Lookout. Highest wind gust of 115 mph recorded at Cedar Island ferry terminal. Highest rainfall amount is 15.74 inches in Bayboro.
More than 400,000 remain without electricity early Sunday evening, down from 560,000.
Local officials reported a 13-foot surge from Pamlico Sound into Beaufort County.
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