Irene Creates Blood Emergency

STATE – In addition to widespread flooding and power outages, Hurricane Irene also caused a blood shortage, according to New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center. The supply of several blood types, including O-negative (“universal donor”) blood, which is normally maintained at the three-to-five-day inventory level, has dropped below the two-day minimum level.

Irene Could Have Been Worse

From North Carolina to New Jersey, Hurricane Irene’s winds and storm surge fell short of the doomsday predictions but the danger is far from over as rising rivers threaten severe flooding across much of the affected region over the next few days.

Here Comes Irene

High winds and rain from the approaching Hurricane Irene pose serious threats to unguarded residents, so officials are gearing up to respond and warning people to avoid danger.

Voluntary Evacuations Called For In Low-Lying Middlesex County Areas

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Residents in low-lying areas of Middlesex County have been asked to voluntarily evacuate, according to a report at NJ.com.