R&B singer Ciara was spotted leaving her New York hotel yesterday heading for the airport in advance of Hurricane Irene’s landfall on Sunday. She was wearing brown leather pants with a white blouse and her favorite pair of Christian Louboutins. Ciara, 25, is busy recording her 1st album for Epic Records under LA Reid. This album should put her back on top where she belongs! The entire city of NY is coming to a standstill as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the subway system and other modes of public transportation shut down for the first time ever. NYC will be a disaster area once the trains stop running because most residents don’t have cars.

Mayor Bloomberg also ordered a mandatory evacuation of some low lying areas of Manhattan. And since all of Manhattan is surrounded by water, that includes just about everyone. Some New York and New Jersey residents have already evacuated inland. But hard core New Yorkers who aren’t afraid of a little wind and rain are staying put.

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