Hurricane Irene remains a major hurricane with category 3 strength and continues to have its eyes on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the New York City area. There are numerous hurricane watches and warnings issued for the eastern seaboard. The following is a list of the current watches and warnings for the United States.
HURRICANE WARNING (Hurricane conditions are expected within the next 24-48 hours): Little River Inlet, NC to Sandy Hook, NJ, including Delaware Bay and the Chesapeake Bay south of Smith Point. Inland Hurricane Warnings are also issued for coastal and eastern North Carolina counties, coastal Virginia counties, Delaware, Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, and central and southern New Jersey.
HURRICANE WATCH (Hurricane conditions possible within the next 48-72 hours): North of Sandy Hook New Jersey to the mouth of the Merrimack River in Massachusetts. This includes New York City, Long Island, Long Island sound, Block Island, Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. Inland Hurricane Watches are also issued for northeastern New Jersey, extreme southeastern New York including New York City and Long Island, coastal Connecticut, coastal Rhode Island, and coastal Massachusetts.
TROPICAL STORM WARNING (Tropical Storm conditions possible within the next 24-48 hours): Edisto Beach, South Carolina to Little River Inlet and Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point northward as well as the Tidal Potomac. Inland Tropical Storm Warnings are issued for central and northern coastal South Carolina, eastern Virginia including Richmond, eastern Maryland including Washington DC and Baltimore, southeastern PA and Trenton NJ.
INLAND TROPICAL STORM WATCH (Tropical Storm conditions possible within the next 48-72 hours): North central New Jersey, southeastern New York, and the rest of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.
Hurricane Irene is currently 375 miles south southwest of Cape Hatteras North Carolina moving north at 14 mph. Current maximum sustained winds are 110mph making Irene a category 3 hurricane. Most models have Irene making landfall in North Carolina during the day tomorrow and then moving back over open water overnight Saturday. It will then make another landfall as a weaker hurricane in the New York City area during the day Sunday. At this time the track is fairly certain, but the intensity will be the difficult item to predict at this time. If Irene stays over land longer it could weaken to a tropical storm by the time it reaches New York City. At this time, please listen to any emergency management officials for the latest on the situation and any evacuation orders that are in place. Beach travel this weekend is highly discouraged as inland flooding will occur with this system. Storm surge of 5-7 feet on average is expected up the eastern coastline, with higher surge amounts over North Carolina. Wind will be a factor when it makes landfall in North Carolina, but will be slightly amplified in cities where the winds becomes channeled. Irene is a large system and will drop a lot of rain over a short period of time up and down the eastern seaboard. Total rain amounts of 8-12 inches are expected in its path, with amounts of 15+ inches in areas that see training thunderstorm bands. Please take all precautions with this system as Irene will make a large impact on the eastern seaboard. Please have extra batteries and flashlights available if power outages occur. Flooding is expected with this storm, thus anyone in regularly flooded areas should be prepared in the likely event of flash flooding. Stay tuned to the National Hurricane Center, the National Weather Service, and your local cable provider for the latest on this dangerous storm. This product will be updated later today.
CWE (10:03am CDT)