Irene, First Hurricane In The 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Figure 1. IR satellite image of Hurricane Irene

Irene is the first hurricane in the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  Here is the very latest on Irene as of 7:00 am AST:

LOCATION...18.8N 66.8W
ABOUT 55 MI...90 KM WNW OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO
ABOUT 105 MI...165 KM E OF PUNTA CANA DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...75 MPH...120 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...987 MB...29.15 INCHES

For the latest on Irene, please visit hurricanes.gov for more information.

Irene is still expect to move in a west-northwest direction for at least 2 more days before the mid-level ridge over the western Atlantic begins to weaken a bit.  Once it begins to weaken, Irene will begin moving in a northwesterly direction.

Figure 2. National Hurricane Center's 5-day forecast path and intensity of Irene.

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