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August 25th, 2011
07:57 AM ET

What should you do to get ready for Hurricane Irene? FEMA administrator explains

Hurricane Irene is expected to be upgraded to a category four storm today as it moves over the northwestern Bahamas with sustained winds of 115 mph.

As Irene moves toward the East Coast of the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging all residents of states along the East Coast to take steps to prepare their families and businesses for the severe weather.

Mandatory evacuation orders for parts of North Carolina's Outer Banks will take effect this morning as state emergency officials prepare for the arrival of of the storm.

Craig Fugate, FEMA administrator, discusses hurricane preparation today with Ali Velshi and weighs in on how prepared the East Coast is to handle a storm of this magnitude.

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