Forecasters say Hurricane Irene has hit the New Jersey coast with 75 mph (120-kph) winds.
The National Hurricane Center said the center of the huge storm lumbered ashore near Little Egg Inlet at 5:35 a.m. EDT (0935 GMT).
The center says a hurricane warning remains in effect from coastal Virginia northward to Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts. The storm remained a Category 1 hurricane.
The center says Irene is 100 miles (160 kilometers) south-southwest of New York City. It was moving north-northeast at 18 mph (30 kph).