Friday, August 26, 2011
State of Disaster alone East Coast with Hurricane Irene
Millions of people along the U.S. East Coast are scrambling to prepare for a powerful hurricane that authorities fear will cause widespread flooding and power outages.
The governors of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York have declared states of emergency to free up resources ahead of Hurricane Irene, which is expected to make landfall in North Carolina on Saturday.
The maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 105 mph, with higher gusts. Irene is a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Little change in strength is forecast before Irene reaches the coast of North Carolina.
Tropical storm force winds are expected to first reach the Carolina's this afternoon. Hurricane force winds are expected to first reach the North Carolina area tonight or Saturday morning...and then spread northward.