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Hurricane Irene to Hit Rye Saturday

RYE, N.Y. - The anticipation of the weekend's Hurricane Irene has local officials and residents hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.

Emergency response services including the Rye Fire Department have assessed all necessary equipment and will be staffed to battle the storm this weekend.

Hurricane Irene was upgraded to a Category Three Hurricane Wednesday, calling for a storm surge of nine to 12 feet and sustained winds of 111 to 130 mph. It is scheduled to make landfall this weekend.

The Westchester County Technical Rescue Team will be on standby all weekend in the event they need to make emergency rescues.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will shut down all Metro-North trains on Saturday at noon. All Westchester Bee Line buses will also be out of service throughout the weekend.

The storm had Purchase College on Thursday cancel its Monday start for all classes and activities .

Hurricane Irene is expected to hit the New York metropolitan area Saturday night and be at its worst between Saturday and Sunday evenings. A hurricane watch was put into effect in Westchester on Friday and President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in New York.

Only five hurricanes have passed within 75 miles of New York City since 1851 — Hurricane Gloria was the most recent in 1985, according to Weather.com.

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