Irene heading to North Carolina first

– Hurricane Irene poses an extraordinary threat and is one that no one has yet experienced from North Carolina to the mid_Atlantic to the Northeast to New England.
– Hurricane Irene is a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
– As of 5 PM Eastern Time Friday, the center of Hurricane Irene is located about 265 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, has winds near 100 miles per hour, and was moving to the north at 14 miles per hour.
– Irenes outer bands are bringing rain and thunderstorms to eastern sections of North and South Carolina already, and will continue to move northward overnight.
– Hurricane conditions likely in eastern North Carolina Friday night.
– The center of Irene is expected to make landfall as a category 2 hurricane early Saturday morning in eastern North Carolina, most likely near or just east of Morehead City, but tropical storm conditions are possible as far inland as I-95 in North Carolina, with hurricane conditions possible as far as 40 miles from the coast.
– Hurricane conditions are expected for much of Saturday along the Outer Banks, with parts of Highway 12 likely to be washed out from storm surge and waves on top of that surge.
– Rain and wind will begin to pick up in eastern Virginia late tonight and on Saturday and then up to MD, DE, and souther NJ Saturday. Hurricane conditions possible along the coast, with tropical storm conditions possible as far inland as I-95.
– Hurricane conditions are likely on Saturday night for the Delmarva Peninsula, NJ and even extreme southeast PA Saturday night. Inland sections from Baltimore and DC to eastern PA can expect tropical storm conditions and heavy rain.
– The New York metropolitan area will experience the worst conditions later Saturday night and Sunday with hurricane conditions possible along with destructive wind, heavy flooding rain, and storm surge with coastal flooding. Tropical storm conditions expected western NJ and the upstate of NY up the Hudson River Valley.
– Irene will race through New England Sunday and Sunday night, and could still bring some hurricane conditions.
– Conditions in the Mid-Atlantic, up through southeast NY, NJ, and New England are expected to be unlike what many have experienced in these areas with extreme gusty winds, flooding rains, and coastal flooding.
– Flooding and wind-related damage (including downed trees, limbs, power lines, power outages, roof, window, and siding damage) can be expected from North Carolina to New England by the time Irene moves away on Monday.
– Hurricane warnings are in effect from the NC/SC border all the way up to Sagamore Beach, MA including New York City, Long Island, Long Island Sound, Albemarle, Pamlico, and Currituck Sounds, Delaware Bay, and Chesapeake Bay south of Drum Point.
– A tropical Storm warnings are in effect from north of Edisto Beach, SC to the NC/SC border, and from north of Sagamore Beach MA to the Merrimack River, MA
-A tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Merrimack River, MA to Eastport, ME
– Stay tuned to The Weather Channel and log onto for the latest information.

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