Hurricane Irene remains a category 3 as it passes though the Bahamas. The storm’s outer bands are impacting the weather in eastern Florida but the state will be spared storm-force winds.
8am Advisory – August 25, 2011
- Winds: 115 mph (Cat 3) with gusts to 140 mph
- Position: 25.5N / 76.6W / About 65 miles E/NE of Nassau, Bahamas
- Pressure: 28.05 in / 949 mb
- Movement: NW 13 mph
U.S. on high alert:
North Carolina Outer Banks – Hurricane Irene is expected to strike Saturday evening either as a Category 3 or 4.
Northeast U.S. – Hurricane Irene is expected to impact the New Jersey shore before striking New York around New York City or Long Island before heading into Connecticut as a Category 1.
Watches: Tropical Storm and Hurricane watches are in effect for coastal North Carolina and South Carolina.
Everyone in the North Carolina area north to New England needs to watch this storm closely and take the necessary precautions. If you are called upon to evacuate, please do so.
Tropical Depression 10 has formed in the eastern Atlantic and is forecast to turn north not impacting the U.S. or Caribbean.