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Atlantic City casinos closing ahead of Irene

Atlantic City casinos are closing as Hurricane Irene aims for the East Coast.

The Associated Press reports that Resorts was the first of Atlantic City’s 11 casinos to close this morning. The two Trump casinos, the Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza, plan to shut down at noon Saturday, said Robert Griffin, CEO of Trump Entertainment Resorts.

South Mississippi’s 11 casinos are more accustomed to closing. This shutdown in only the third time in 33 years Atlantic City casinos closed. In 1985 Hurricane Gloria threatened by veered off to sea at the last minute and in 2006, a state government shutdown forced the closure of the casinos for three days, according to AP.

Ground floor windows along the boardwalk are being boarded up with plywood and workers are filling sandbags to protect the casinos from flooding.

The Sun Herald will update this story.