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Aug 28, 2011 4:11 AM by Trovette Tottress

Storm surge rises; Long Island next landfall

MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say Irene is expected to stay a hurricane as it draws its next bead on land, even though the storm will be over cooler water.

The next landfall is expected near Long Island, N.Y., about midday today.

The National Hurricane Center says water levels are rising from Irene's storm surge.

New York City is waiting for the storm without its usual hustle and bustle. The city is all but shut down with empty streets and subways making for an eerie quiet.

At least eight people have died and about 2 million homes and businesses have no electricity.

Irene is also almost certain to be a travelers' nightmare as airlines will need time to bring operations back to normal after canceling thousands of weekend flights and some on Monday. Train and bus service has also been curtailed. Hurricane warnings extend to Nantucket, Mass

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