TRENTON - (AP) - Emergency officials are urging New Jerseyresidents to be prepared for the hurricane headed toward the EastCoast.

Hurricane Irene has already raked the Caribbean and is projectedto make landfall in North Carolina by Saturday then travel up thecoast. The path of the storm is still uncertain, however.

The state Office of Emergency Management says evacuations wouldbe likely in communities along the Jersey shore due to tidal andstorm surge flooding if the storm reaches New Jersey near hurricanestrength.

State Police spokesman Stephen Jones says shore residents shouldmake sure emergency supply kits for their home and cars are fullystocked.

He says residents should have a plan in place in case of anevacuation order and should stay informed about the threat from thestorm.