As Irene gets closer to New York City, City Islanders who live near the water are preparing.
88 year old Russel Schaller says he's making sure his flashlight and portable radio have fresh batteries. He is just one of many residents, who flocked to area stores to stock up on water and emergency supplies. Others, who live on the waterfront are preparing for possible flooding.
Meanwhile, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has held news conferences to warn New Yorkers, who live in coastal areas to prepare for potential evacuations.
Hurricane Irene is predicted to reach New York sometime this coming Sunday.