New Yorkers Play ‘Rain Hockey’ as Hurricane Irene Nears [Video]

News cameras captured impromptu street hockey and soccer games in Times Square as rain and high winds blew through New York City ahead of a direct hit from Hurricane Irene.

In Time Square dozens of people braved the bad weather to play hockey and soccer and slide in the flooded streets as the slow-moving storm approaches.

Irene, still a menacing 480-mile wide hurricane, was enveloping major centres in the northeast, threatening dangerous floods and surging tides.

As it moved into New York, the hurricane centre said it was expected to remain a hurricane and weaken only after making its second landfall in New England.

Parts of New York City were eerily quiet after authorities ordered tens of thousands of residents to evacuate low-lying areas and shut down its subways, airports and buses.

In Philadelphia strong winds and rain caused a huge tree to fall on a truck on Saturday. The driver who was able to climb out of his window was unharmed.

Rain fell in sheets in New Jersey flooding roads and highways. Meanwhile college students in Glassboro made the most of the weather playing in the puddles of rainwater.

With winds of 80 miles per hour, Irene was a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson intensity scale. By 11pm (0300 GMT), the centre of the storm was 70 miles south southwest of Ocean City, Maryland, and 255 miles south southwest of New York.

After moving across North Carolina with less punch than expected but still threatening, the hurricane re-emerged over inshore waters on its route northward, hugging the coast. At least seven deaths were reported in North Carolina, Virginia and Florida.

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