Hurricane Irene has strengthened into a Category 3 storm as it heads into the Bahamas. It is expected to stay clear of Florida but the North Carolina coast nees to watch Irene closely.
8 a.m. Advisory:
- Winds: 115 mph (Cat 3) with gusts to 130 mph
- Position: 29.1 N / 73.3 W / 55 miles southeast of Acklins Island in the Bahamas
- Pressure: 28.26 in / 956 mb
- Movement: WNW 9 mph
Computer Models below