Irene remains a Category 2 hurricane. Movement is west-northwest at around 10 mph. Hurricane Irene may become a major hurricane (Category 3) as early as late tonight or early tomorrow morning. People living on the entire east and northeast coast need to monitor this storm very closely!
Weakening of the mid-level ridge over the Atlantic is will allow Irene to take a more north-northwesterly track over the next 3-5 days.
Here is the latest as of 1800 UTC (2:00 pm EDT) from NHC:
LOCATION...20.7N 71.2W ABOUT 55 MI...90 KM S OF GRAND TURK ISLAND ABOUT 70 MI...115 KM NNW OF PUERTO PLATA DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...100 MPH(Category 2)...160 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...977 MB...28.85 INCHES
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