NBC reporter Peter Alexander attempts to broadcast from the windswept Coney Island boardwalk in New York as Hurricane Irene intensified Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.
Officials are urging New York City residents to get ready for hurricane season.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on Friday.
The city's Office of Emergency Management has a new edition of its Ready New York hurricane guide. It's available online and comes in numerous languages.
Some areas of the city were inundated with flooding when Irene hit last August.
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