New York City 8 pm east coast time. The city is still preparing for Hurricane Irene. Still no severe winds, but it seems the rain is getting stronger. The streets in south Manhattan, usual full of life, are almost empty and dark - somewhat spooky.
Most shops, restaurants & bars are closed. Many places are secured against possible damages by strong winds. They don`t have many customers because the Metropolitan Transport System (subways & buses) is shutdown. Therefore many shop & restaurant employes stayed at home.
There are a lot of police cars on the street. Maybe the cops have to demonstrate their presence to discourage possible looter to abuse this emergency situation.