It's a beautiful Friday afternoon in late August, but the mood in New York is somber. A few weeks before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the city is bracing for another possible catastrophe: Hurricane Irene is approaching-a Category 3 storm that could wreak massive devastation on the Big Apple.
On the streets, New Yorkers lament living in a mandatory evacuation zone and wonder how they'll get around once the subway shuts down. Amy Lee, who lives in Manhattan with her husband (he's out scavenging sandbags), is hoping her kitchen doesn't flood. Or her basement, where her stage clothes are stored. "We're pulling them up today and getting them out of there in case [it gets] full of water," she says.