At least six people have died as a result of the storm. Nearly 1.9 million homes and businesses are without power in North Carolina and Virginia.
After its arrival early Saturday morning, Hurricane Irene continues its damage as it moves along the East Coast.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the enormous storm had weakened some earlier Saturday morning, but the landfall has little significance as Irene remains a dangerous storm.
Swells and 6- to 9-foot waves showed up along the North Carolina shore Friday morning. As the strongest storm to hit the East Coast in seven years approached, people in New Jersey, Maryland and New York prepared to evacuate.
The storm could reach refineries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania by Sunday, and the refineries have started shutting down in preparation. Drivers can expect to pay more at the gas pump.
The president has been receiving regular briefings about the storm, and he will make a statement about it from his vacation rental in Martha's Vineyard.
Hurricane Irene has prompted transportation shutdowns and evacuations up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
Irene is expected to hit North Carolina's Outer Banks on Saturday afternoon, and evacuations were ordered in Dare County, N.C.
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., led to evacuations throughout the East Coast.
This will be the first time the new heat dismissal procedure is used, said Michelle Baumstark, community relations coordinator for Columbia Public Schools.
The senators will examine the natural disasters — severe snow, tornadoes and flooding — that happened in the state this year.
Hurricane Irene continues its path to the U.S. with possible landfall in North Carolina by Saturday. Forecasters predict it will then chug up the East Coast, dumping rain from Virginia to New York City before a much-weakened form trudges through New England.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Todd Sando, chief engineer for the North Dakota Water Commission, said property owners might have been able to prepare for the flooding with insurance, had they known what the Army Corps of Engineers did.
A strong storm caused widespread power outages and blew over a Missouri State Highway Patrol communications tower.
The Missouri River might not recede to its normal water levels in Missouri until mid-October.
A storm that blew through Boone County late Sunday afternoon knocked out power in some communities and broke tree limbs. The weather station at Columbia Regional Airport clocked the strongest gust at 62 mph.
The National Weather Service said the storm dropped up to an inch of rain in parts of Platte and Clay counties in less than an hour.
The dry weather has damaged crops and livestock across Missouri, and the governor's request is the first step in declaring the parched areas as disaster areas.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple said an agreement among states would not only help with flood management, but also with balancing the competing interests of upstream and downstream states.
This has been the hottest summer since 1980, and the lack of rainfall combined with a seemingly relentless streak of hot days in July has created a challenge for farmers.