NEWARK - The more populated areas of New Jersey, from Newark to Jersey City, are preparing for Hurricane Irene.

Jersey City's Office of Emergency Management is bringing in boats that can rescue residents trapped by neighborhood flooding. It plans to evacuate the city's animal shelter Friday. Recent storms have caused high water in areas that usually stay dry.

In Hoboken, the city's parking garages are already at capacity. Mayor Dawn Zimmer is telling residents to evacuate.

Across New Jersey, people are encouraged to have a gallon of water per day available, as well as candles and batteries in the event of a power outage.