Irene Makes Landfall (8/27/2011)

Figure 1. IR satellite imagery of Atlantic Basin.

Hurricane Irene made landfall this morning near Cape Lookout, North Carolina.  Irene has already produced 6-8″ of rain for a large swath of eastern NC, and up to 12″ in isolated areas.  Irene will continue moving in a northerly direction today and eventually make a turn towards the northeast.  Storm surge of 4-8 feet can be expected along the VA/MD/DE/NY coasts from Hurricane Irene.

Figure 2. Radar *estimated* total rainfall so far.

Irene is still a powerful Category 1 hurricane. Here is the latest update on Irene as of 11:00 EDT:

SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...35.2N 76.4W
ABOUT 50 MI...80 KM W OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 120 MI...190 KM S OF NORFOLK VIRGINIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...85 MPH...140 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNE OR 15 DEGREES AT 15 MPH...24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...952 MB...28.11 INCHES

Figure 3. Irene's forecast path from the National Hurricane Center.

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