Hurricane Irene remains a Category 3 storm with its center over the Abaco Islands, 105 miles east of Nassau, Bahamas and 610 miles south of Cape Hatteras, NC.
SUMMARY OF 200 PM EDT...1800 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...26.5N 77.2W ABOUT 105 MI...170 KM N OF NASSAU ABOUT 610 MI...980 KM S OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...115 MPH...185 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 335 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...951 MB...28.08 INCHES
Irene is forecast to strengthen within the next 12-24 hours, but gradually weaken after that due to stronger shear it will encounter.
People living in Carteret County, Pamlico County, Hyde County, Tyrrell County, Dare County, Camden County, Currituck County as well as all counties that border these counties in North Carolina need to start preparing for the worst case scenario. Irene will be moving through the area sometime Saturday morning or afternoon!
This goes for anyone living on the Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts coastlines and anyone in the 5-day cone (below). Prepare fore heavy rains, up to a foot (12″) or more in local areas. Major flooding can be expected in the cone below. Prepare for heavy winds and wind gusts, up to and possibly over 100 mph. People living on the coast, you can expect strong storm surge and life threatening rip currents.