August 22, 2011 – Hurricane Irene Wreaks Havoc and Heads for Florida: As of 9:00AM EST, Hurricane Irene was 90 miles WNW of San Juan Puerto Rico, 75 miles ENE of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; with maximum sustained winds of 80 MPH and heading for the south-eastern Bahamas. She is moving WNW at 14 MPH or 336 per day and is strengthening.
Hurricane Warning: The north coast of the Dominican Republic from the Haiti border eastward to Cabo Engano.
Hurricane Watch: The north coast of Haiti from Mole St. Nicholas eastward to the Dominican Republic border and the central Bahamas.
Tropical Storm Warning: Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the south coast of the Dominican Republic south of Cabo Engano westward to the Haiti border, all of Haiti, the southern Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Irene continues to move away from the north coast of Puerto Rico this morning and approach the northern coast of the Dominican Republic later today. Irene is expected to strengthen over the next 48 hours. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 15 miles, with Tropical Storm force winds extending up to 150 miles, mainly north-west and north-east of the center.
Wind: Expect winds of between 39 and 72 MPH across western Puerto Rico, this morning and the northern portions of the Dominican Republic later today, the southern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands early Tuesday and the Central Bahamas by late Tuesday. Winds in excess of 73 MPH are possible in the south-eastern and central Bahamas by Tuesday night. The highest winds are likely over elevated terrain.
Rainfall: Look for total rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches across Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the south-eastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Isolated maximum amounts of up to 20 inches are possible.
Storm Surge: A storm surge will raise water levels by 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels along the entire coast of the Dominican Republic. Look for 1 to 3 feet above normal along the north-west coast of Puerto Rico as well as the remainder of the Tropical Storm Warning areas near the coast. The surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.
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