Hurricane Irene Looms Large Over Long Island » Irene

Long Beach residents prepare sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Irene, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in Long Beach, N.Y.  Long Island residents in the path of Irene girded for wind, rain and flooding as the storm stood poised to bear down on New York state. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Long Beach residents prepare sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Irene, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in Long Beach, N.Y. Long Island residents in the path of Irene girded for wind, rain and flooding as the storm stood poised to bear down on New York state. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Long Beach residents prepare sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Irene, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in Long Beach, N.Y. Long Island residents in the path of Irene girded for wind, rain and flooding as the storm stood poised to bear down on New York state. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)