Hurricane Irene: Category 3 Storm Aims for East Coast, Lashes Bahamas

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Hurricane Irene: Category 3 Storm Aims for East Coast, Lashes Bahamas

Post by ToddS on Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:15 am

Hurricane Irene: Category 3 Storm Aims for East Coast, Lashes Bahamas

By LINSEY DAVIS, MATT GUTMAN (@mattgutmanABC) and JESSICA HOPPER (@jesshop23)
Aug. 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene's destructive fury to is aimed directly at the Carolinas, but it is expected to then churn its way up the East Coast battering cities and towns as far north as Boston.

"This one's going to affect everybody as it goes up the coast. We don't see it moving far out to sea and skipping a few of the places that in the past it had skipped," National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read said.

It is expected to be the worst storm to hit the East Coast of the United States in at least 20 years, forecasters say.

The Category 3 storm is currently moving over the northwestern Bahamas sustaining winds as high as 115 mph with even higher gusts.

Overnight, the slow moving storm lashed the Bahamas, uprooting trees, shattering glass and leaving much of the southeastern islands without power.

As the storm clears the island and continues over the warm water of the Atlantic, its wind speed is expected to strengthen and the size of the storm could increase to a category 4 with wind speeds of at least 131 mph.

Based on its current path, Irene could hit Cape Hatteras, N.C., by Saturday. It will weaken somewhat as it claws its way up the hit coast, but is expected to be still packing winds of 50 to 70 mph when it reaches New York City and Boston. It is expected to dump 6 to 12 inches of rain on the Jersey shore, Long Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

By LINSEY DAVIS, MATT GUTMAN (@mattgutmanABC) and JESSICA HOPPER (@jesshop23)
Aug. 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene's destructive fury to is aimed directly at the Carolinas, but it is expected to then churn its way up the East Coast battering cities and towns as far north as Boston.

"This one's going to affect everybody as it goes up the coast. We don't see it moving far out to sea and skipping a few of the places that in the past it had skipped," National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read said.

It is expected to be the worst storm to hit the East Coast of the United States in at least 20 years, forecasters say.

The Category 3 storm is currently moving over the northwestern Bahamas sustaining winds as high as 115 mph with even higher gusts.

Overnight, the slow moving storm lashed the Bahamas, uprooting trees, shattering glass and leaving much of the southeastern islands without power.

As the storm clears the island and continues over the warm water of the Atlantic, its wind speed is expected to strengthen and the size of the storm could increase to a category 4 with wind speeds of at least 131 mph.

Based on its current path, Irene could hit Cape Hatteras, N.C., by Saturday. It will weaken somewhat as it claws its way up the hit coast, but is expected to be still packing winds of 50 to 70 mph when it reaches New York City and Boston. It is expected to dump 6 to 12 inches of rain on the Jersey shore, Long Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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