08/26/2011 01:32 pm ET | Updated Oct 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene Threat Prompts Obama To Cut Martha's Vineyard Vacation Short

VINEYARD HAVE, Mass. (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama is cutting his Martha's Vineyard vacation short because of Hurricane Irene. He'll return to Washington on Friday night instead of Saturday afternoon.

Spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama made the decision shortly after urging Americans in Hurricane Irene's path to heed warnings about the storm. Earnest says Obama decided it would be more prudent for him to be at the White House at the end of the day, instead of in the New England area.

Irene is expected to make landfall Saturday in North Carolina and then head toward New England.