Hurricane Irene marks first big U.S. threat in years

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  • B Logan, UT
    Aug. 23, 2011 2:48 p.m.

    Oh my! Somebody dust off Al Gore. He'll need to be ready to explain how America caused this storm.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Aug. 23, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    Hurricane Irene is growing in intensity as it continues to slog through the eastern Caribbean with sustained winds at 100 mph. As it becomes bigger and stronger, expected to reach Category 4 status in two days, the danger to Florida, particularly the Tampa Bay area, is dropping. But we are not out of the woods yet, until after it makes landfall. The National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. advisory today noted little change in the trajectory, which continues to steer the storm east of Florida, taking tenuous aim at the coastline stretching from South Carolina to Virginia. The advisory said the storm was heading west-northwest at 12 mph. That movement was expected to continue through tonight, followed by a turn to the northwest Wednesday. Most of Florida, including all of the Tampa Bay area, no longer is in the familiar forecast cone that predicts where a storm will go. That could still change.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Aug. 23, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    On topic.


    Irene strengthened to a category 2 hurricane Monday evening and has since maintained that strength.

    - Irene is centered 70 miles south of Grand Turk Island with top winds of 100 mph and is moving toward the west-northwest at 12 mph.

    - Irene is forecast to become a major hurricane (wind speeds higher than 111 mph) by Wednesday morning.

    Irene will now move northwestward through the Bahamas through Thursday.

    - Along with destructive winds, battering waves and up to a 13-foot storm surge, Irene will cause deadly flash flooding and mudslides across northern Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands and eventually all of the Bahamas with rainfall locally over 1 foot.

    Over the weekend, the eastern Carolinas and especially eastern North Carolina will deal with destructive winds, flooding rains, high storm surge and coastal flooding, battering waves and deadly rip currents as Irene moves through.

    - Irene could then threaten the eastern portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with damaging winds, flooding rains and coastal surge, flooding and high waves Sunday through early next week.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 23, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    Come on... it's not the fault of the gov't that a storm occurs... the gov't only can have blame for how it handles the situation dealt to it.