Hurricane Irene becomes Tropical Storm Irene, see damage photos (photos, video)
San Francisco residents are learning in top news today that in terms of Hurricane Irene and New York City, the worst of the storm has now passed.
“I think it could have been much, much worse,” says San Francisco resident Donal Witham.
However, it’s not yet time to become complacent.,
Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, said on Sunday that Tropical Storm Irene still remained “large and potentially dangerous” as it traveled inland.
Tropical Storm Irene now has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, instead of the previous 75mph or 80mph, stated the National Hurricane Center in its 11 a.m. ET Sunday advisory. (See that article here: Hurricane Irene and New York City, winds of 75mph (photos, video))
The Hurricane Center issued a warning about “an extremely dangerous storm surge” along some northeastern states’ coastlines.
At one point Hurricane Irene was 700 miles wide (See that article here: Hurricane Irene now 700 miles wide, $13.9bn damage…)
Currently, the center of Irene is inland situated over southeastern New York state and southern New England. Irene will continue to move over northern New England later on Sunday and over eastern Canada on Sunday night, stated the NHC, according to KTVU Channel 2 News in San Francisco.
“An extremely dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 4 to 8 feet above ground level from western portions of Long Island Sound eastward along the southern coasts of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.”
That surge, says the NHC, “will be accompanied by large, destructive, and life-threatening waves.”
The NHC added that water levels along the New Jersey and Delaware coast, including Delaware Bay, would subside on Sunday.
San Francisco got the news yesterday that 7 people were killed and New York was set to be “shut down” (See that article here: Hurricane Irene kills 7, shuts down NY airports (photos, video)
Hurricane Irene was reported at 700 miles wide and $13.9bn worth of damage was possible. (See that article here: Hurricane Irene now 700 miles wide, $13.9bn damage…)
Hurricane Irene, according to forecasters, would wreak havoc along the East Coast. (See that article here: Irene threatens to wreak havoc along the East Coast …)
Well in advance of the Hurricane, residents of Ocean City, MD were ordered to leave. (See that article here: Thousands ordered to evacuate Ocean City, MD, due to…)
Breaking news resulted when Hurricane Irene made landfall. (See that article here: Breaking: Hurricane Irene makes landfall)
See DRAMATIC photos of the devastation from Hurricane Irene and see too the video on the left-hand side for a boat being blown away by the hurricane.
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