Irene Remains A Major Hurricane

Figure 1. Visible satellite image of Hurricane Irene and forecast model tracks.

Hurricane hunters flew into Irene late last night and found that the central minimum pressure dropped to 950mb, but that the maximum winds spotted was about 110 knots (around 115 mph).  There hasn’t been much of intensification due to an eyewall replacement.  Irene is still expected to reach Category 4 status (winds 131-155 mph) by today or early tomorrow, but then weaken back to Category 2-3 shortly after as it will be affected by stronger shear near the Carolina coastline.  This storm will still be very dangerous to people living near the North Carolina coast, as well as anyone living near or on the northeastern coastline.

Here is the latest on Irene as of 1200 UTC (8:00 am EDT):

SUMMARY OF 800 AM EDT...1200 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...25.5N 76.5W
ABOUT 65 MI...105 KM ENE OF NASSAU
ABOUT 670 MI...1085 KM S OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...115 MPH(Category 3)...185 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 325 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...950 MB...28.05 INCHES

Figure 2. NHC's forecast track of Hurricane Irene.

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