MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- As Hurricane Irene charged up the east coast Saturday night, 188 local residents got situated at the community shelter at the Mamaroneck High School, said Avril Dennis, volunteer mental health leader for the Metro New York chapter of the Red Cross in Westchester County.
While the last surge of people registered at the shelter after 8 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Southern Westchester and eight other counties.
The warning, which can now be added to the flood watch and hurricane warnings already in effect, has been issued through 5 a.m. Sunday.
Hurricane Irene's center was just 280 miles south-southwest of New York City as of 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service website. The category-one hurricane is currently heading north-northeast at 16 miles per hour.
"Outer rain bands continue to move across the area this evening and into tonight," according to the National Weather Service tornado watch advisory. "Isolated thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible as these bands move through the area. Conditions will rapidly deteriorate in torrential rain and strengthening winds late this evening into tonight."
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