Irene Takes A Turn Northwest (8/24/2011)

Category 3 Irene has now made a turn towards the northwest.  This track is responsible due to a weakening mid-level ridge over the western Atlantic.  There is a good chance that Hurricane Irene will become a Category 4 hurricane (max sustained winds of 131-155 mph) in the next 12-24 hours, as it will be over warm waters with little resistance from shear, but still questionable how its proximity with land will affect its strength after 24 as it gets closer to the east coast.  The National Hurricane Center is still forecasting Irene to scrape by the North Carolina coast (near Cape Hatteras) as a major hurricane.  From there, they have it hitting somewhere in the northeastern United States.  Stay tuned to your local news and the National Weather Service if you live anywhere on the eastern coast of the United States!

Here is the 1500 UTC update from the National Hurricane Center:

SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...22.4N 73.9W
ABOUT 100 MI...160 KM SE OF LONG ISLAND BAHAMAS
ABOUT 285 MI...460 KM SE OF NASSAU
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...115 MPH(Category 3)...185 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 305 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...956 MB...28.23 INCHES

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University of Oklahoma graduate with a degree in Meteorology. Follow me on Twitter: @WeatherInformer
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