Times Square deserted ahead of Irene's arrival
28 August 2011 Last updated at 02:59 BST
The rain-drenched streets of midtown Manhattan have been left virtually deserted ahead of the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene.
Times Square, the so-called crossroads of the world, is empty as Broadway shows are cancelled, and even Starbucks and McDonald's are shut.
George Kourounis, a storm chaser in Long Island, New York, said even though the storm had weakened there was a ''tremendous potential for this to be a very damaging weather event''.