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Hurricane Irene Churns Toward Norwalk

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Fairfield County residents may have to deal with an earthquake and a hurricane in the same week. Hurricane Irene may bring heavy rain and wind to the area this weekend, the National Weather Service warns.

"The exact timing is still uncertain, but heavy rain, strong winds and coastal flooding could begin as early as late Saturday," says a National Weather Service bulletin. "Additional impacts from this system could be significant beach erosion, high surf with dangerous rip currents, which could begin as early as Friday night as large swells from Irene begin to arrive."

Only five hurricanes have passed within 75 miles of New York City since 1851 -- the last being Hurricane Gloria 26 years ago, Weather.com says. You can find all sorts of information about hurricanes in the Northeast here . You can also prepare a hurricane survival kit .

Have you ever been through a hurricane? What was it like?

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