BOSTON (CBS) – Hurricane Irene is on track to be the first hurricane to hit New England in 20 years. A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for the South Coast and Cape Cod. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the rest of Massachusetts.

Communities across the state are preparing for the severe weather.

Boaters were scrambling to get their boats out of the water on the South Coast.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports from New Bedford

The Coast Guard was out Friday warning boaters to get out of the water.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias flew in a Coast Guard Falcon jet

Central Massachusetts could get hit the hardest by heavy rains.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports from Worcester

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports from Marion

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe Reports

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There was heavy traffic coming off Cape Cod on Friday, but there are also a lot of people who are staying put, and will try to ride out the storm.

WBZ-TV’s Kathy Curran reports

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All state Campgrounds in Massachusetts will close Saturday at noon.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports from Plymouth

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The eye of the hurricane will likely go right over Central Massachusetts. That will include towns that were hard hit by the June 1st tornado. The towns now have to interrupt their cleanup, to prepare for Irene.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports from Sturbridge


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