Around the Nation
9:52 am
Sat August 27, 2011

Insurers Prepare For Flood Of Claims From Irene

Chris Pittman (left) and Frank Eckel board up a storefront in Cape May, N.J., in anticipation of Hurricane Irene.
William Thomas Cain Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:29 am

As Hurricane Irene makes its way north, insurance companies are scrambling to get claims adjusters and other personnel in place up and down the East Coast and into New England.

Companies will be assessing the damage once Irene is through battering the northeastern states. If the hurricane hits as wide an area as is predicted, insured losses could be in the billions of dollars.

On the boardwalk of Ocean City, Md., Tony Russo Jr. is boarding up the windows of his family's restaurant, Tony's Pizza.

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International correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is based in Berlin and covers Central Europe for NPR. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning programs including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

She was previously based in Cairo and covered the Arab World for NPR from the Middle East to North Africa. Nelson returns to Egypt on occasion to cover the tumultuous transition to democracy there.

The Two-Way
7:40 am
Sat August 27, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg On Evacuations: 'You Have To Start Right Now'

Earlier today, a man pulled his luggage up Wall Street — one of the low-lying areas — in Manhattan.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Hoping to convince anyone who is ignoring the mandatory evacuation orders for those living in New York City's low-lying areas, Mayor Michael Bloomberg just warned that if anyone hasn't already moved to higher ground, "you have to start right now."

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Economy
6:00 am
Sat August 27, 2011

Policymakers Seek Prescription For Ailing Economy

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke walks past reporters as he arrives at the economic policy symposium at Jackson Hole in Moran, Wyo., on Friday.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Sat August 27, 2011 5:56 pm

Think of the U.S. economy as a patient who is bedridden after a long illness.

At an annual policy conference this weekend in Jackson Hole, Wyo., what they're discussing is not just about how to get the patient up and hobbling around, but how to get him running wind sprints. The meeting's title is "Achieving Maximum Long-Run Growth."

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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat August 27, 2011

New Jersey Shore Empties Ahead Of Irene

On the New Jersey Shore, officials have ordered mandatory evacuations and residents are preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Irene. NPR's Jeff Brady reports.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat August 27, 2011

Hurricane Flattens Business For OBX Pancake House

As Hurricane Irene swirls toward the North Carolina coast, many local business owners are despairing the loss of business during their busy season. Host Scott Simon checks in with Steve and Kristine Kiousis, who own the pancake house, Stack 'Em High, in Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat August 27, 2011

New York Scrambles To Safety As Irene Nears

Originally published on Sat August 27, 2011 8:53 am

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SCOTT SIMON, host: New York City officials have ordered the mandatory evacuation of roughly 370,000 people who live in low-lying areas of the city. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that everybody living there should be gone by 5 pm today.

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: Now, we've never done a mandatory evacuation before and we wouldn't be doing it now if we didn't think this storm had the potential to be very serious.

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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene's Power Is Less, Scope Is Wide

Hurricane Irene has reached the coast of North Carolina, bringing heavy rains and winds of 85 miles per hour. But there IS some good news. The storm is turning out to be less powerful than forecasters expected. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR science reporter John Hamilton about the latest on Hurricane Irene.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene Crashes Into East Coast

Originally published on Sat August 27, 2011 8:53 am

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SCOTT SIMON, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Hurricane Irene has arrived. The storm has already struck parts of North Carolina. Some 200,000 people there are without power. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urged caution as Irene moves up the East Coast.

Secretary JANET NAPOLITANO (HOMELAND SECURITY): Irene remains a large and dangerous storm. People need to take it seriously, people need to be prepared.

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Sports
6:00 am
Sat August 27, 2011

Sports: Dim Stars At U.S. Open; MLB Pennant Races

The bright lights and raucous crowds of the U.S. Open are here, but this year, the talent isn't shining. In baseball, the front-runners are pulling ahead of the also-running, just before the last month of the season. Host Scott Simon talks sports with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine.

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