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Hurricane Irene Path Edges Closer To North Carolina, Eyes On Washington, NYC
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According to the National Hurricane Center 11pm edt advisory, Hurricane Irene path is moving north-northeastward toward southeastern North Carolina and currently tropical storm conditions are lashing the Carolina coast. 

 The eye of Cape Lookout North Carolina and about 195 mi ssw of Cape Hatteras North Carolina.  

The big story so far in the life of this storm is to what extent Irene will hurt New York City and perhaps to a lesser extent Washington D.C.

 

Here are excerpts from the advisory:

A hurricane warning is in effect for...

* little river inlet north carolina northward to sagamore beach

Massachusetts...including the pamlico...albemarle...and currituck

Sounds...delaware bay...chesapeake bay south of drum point...new

York city...long island...long island sound...coastal connecticut

And rhode island...block island...marthas vineyard and nantucket.

 

A tropical storm warning is in effect for...

* north of edisto beach south carolina to little river inlet

* chesapeake bay from drum point northward and the tidal potomac

* north of sagamore beach to merrimack river

 

A tropical storm watch is in effect for...

* merrimack river to eastport maine

 

Interests in southeastern canada should monitor the progress of

Irene.

 

For storm information specific to your area in the united

States...including possible inland watches and warnings...please

Monitor products issued by your local national weather service

Forecast office. For storm information specific to your area outside

The united states...please monitor products issued by your national

Meteorological service.

 

 

Discussion and 48-hour outlook

------------------------------

At 1100 pm edt...0300 utc...the center of hurricane irene was

Located near latitude 32.6 north...longitude 76.9 west. Irene is

Moving toward the north-northeast near 13 mph...20 km/h...and this

General motion is expected to continue through tonight and saturday.

On the forecast track...the core of the hurricane will approach the

Coast of north carolina tonight and pass near or over the north

Carolina coast saturday morning.  The hurricane is forecast to move

Near or over the mid-atlantic coast saturday night and move over

Southern new england on sunday.

 

Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph...160 km/h...with higher

Gusts.  Irene is a category two hurricane on the saffir-simpson

Hurricane wind scale.  No significant change in strength is

Forecast before irene reaches the coast of north carolina.  Some

Weakening is expected after that...but irene is forecast to remain

A hurricane as it moves along the mid-atlantic coast on sunday.

 

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles...150 km...from

The center...and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 290

Miles...465 km.  During the past hour...a weatherflow automated

Station reported a sustained wind of 48 mph...78 km/h...and a gust

To 64 mph...104 km/h at the fort macon state park near atlantic

Beach north carolina.

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