Hurricane Irene may rank as one of the largest hurricanes ever, say experts
San Francisco residents, who are no strangers to natural disasters, are learning in top news that Hurricane Irene has now crossed the Bahamas and is approaching the East Coast of the USA.
San Francisco resident, John Addler, says: “No matter what kind of natural disaster happens, it’s always frightening. I hope the people on the East Coast can find safety from Hurricane Irene.”
In Ocean City, MD, residents have already been asked to evacuate. (See that article here: Thousands ordered to evacuate Ocean City, MD, due to Hurricane Irene)
According to newser.com, Hurricane Irene is set to be one of the largest storms ever, says CBS News. Reports are coming through that it could rank high like those of Hurricane Bob in 1991 or Hurricane Carol in 1954.
CBS hurricane consultant, David Bernard, has quoted two scenarios: “bad and worse.” In the ‘bad’ scenario, he sees Irene hitting Long Island and New England as a Category 2 storm, bringing with it treacherous winds that are likely to knock out power. In the ‘worse’ scenario, the hurricane will batter the Eastern Seaboard from Maryland to New York City.
The National Hurricane Center says Irene could become a Category 4 today, reports Dr. Jeff Masters for the Weather Underground, with winds reaching 130 mph. He says: “The cooler waters further north should lessen its force, and it’ll likely hit the US as a Category 2. But because the hurricane’s windfield is so large—with tropical storm-force winds predicted 150 miles from its eye tomorrow afternoon—its impact could be like that of a Category 3.”
Masters reports that he predicts Irene will touch land close to the Outer Banks on Saturday afternoon. He believes Hurricane Irene will hit New England on Sunday.
See dramatic photos and video on the left-hand side for more on this story. Some people are packing up to leave while others are surfing and making the most of the waves before Hurrican Irene arrives.
See follow-up article here: Hurricane Irene now 700 miles wide, $13.9bn damage possible (photos, video)
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