After knocking out power to more than 3 million people and making a second landfall Sunday morning, Irene hurtled toward some of the biggest cities in the Northeast.
Irene slammed into Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey, about 5:30 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said.
Earlier Sunday, the hurricane pummeled Ocean City, Maryland while en route to New York City, threatening to flood parts of Manhattan and bring the bustling city to a virtual standstill.
Some sections of Ocean City were without power, and officials stopped sending vehicles to respond to 911 calls after winds topped 50 mph, said Bob Rhode of the city's office of emergency management.
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