Hurricane Irene Update (8/27/2011)

Irene remains a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.  Though it has weakened some, Irene will still make a huge impact for people in its path.  Storm surge of 4-8 feet (and higher in places) along the VA, NJ, and NY coasts are possible.

Irene info. as of 9:00 pm EDT:

SUMMARY OF 900 PM EDT...0100 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...36.9N 75.6W
ABOUT 100 MI...160 KM SSW OF OCEAN CITY MARYLAND
ABOUT 285 MI...460 KM SSW OF NEW YORK CITY
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...80 MPH...130 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNE OR 20 DEGREES AT 16 MPH...26 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...951 MB...28.08 INCHES

 

There have been reports of at least 8 deaths as a result of Hurricane Irene, according to CNN.  This storm is still very dangerous! Big cities like New York and Boston could see the worst of the storm because of their high buildings and how close they are to the coast.  Flooding has been an issue all day in NC and VA and will likely continue for states in Irene’s path.  Up to 15 inches of rain has fallen in areas of NC and there are concerns that even more rain might fall over parts of MD, DE, PA, NJ, and NY.

 

Figure 2. Irene's forecast path from NHC

 

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