(NECN: Jennifer Eagan: New London, Conn.) - State officials are urging people to have an emergency kit and take as many precautions as possible to remain safe during Hurricane Irene, expected to make landfall in southern New England late Saturday and early Sunday.
Seven states are currently under a state of emergency Friday morning, including Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
This hurricane is being compared to Hurricane Gloria in 1985, which hit at low tide. Irene, however, is expected to hit at high tide.
Boats were being pulled from marinas, and Gov. Dannel Malloy says that low-lying areas are likely to be evacuated. Power outages are also expect to result from downed trees.