August 26, 2011 – Super Destructive Hurricane Irene Set to Demolish the Eastern Seaboard of the United States: Hurricane Irene poses an extraordinary threat and is a high end category 2 hurricane, as of 11 a.m. Eastern Time Friday. The center of Hurricane Irene is located about 330 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and has sustained winds of 105 MPH, and is moving north at 14 MPH. Some of the outer rain bands from Irene will brush Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina coasts Friday into Friday night. Rain and wind will increase steadily from northeast SC and the coast of NC Friday afternoon with hurricane conditions likely along the eastern NC coast later Friday night.
The center of Irene is expected to make landfall as a borderline category 2 or 3 hurricane Saturday morning in eastern NC, most likely between Morehead City and Hatteras. 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.
Rain and wind will begin to pick up in eastern Virginia late tonight and on Saturday and then in Maryland, Delaware, and southern New Jersey Saturday. Hurricane conditions will be seen along the coast, with tropical storm conditions, with winds up to 73 MPH, as far inland as I-95.
Hurricane conditions are likely on Saturday night for the Delmarva Peninsula, New Jersey and even extreme southeast Pennsylvania Saturday night. Inland sections from Baltimore and Washington D.C. to eastern Pennsylvania 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 are expected in western New Jersey and the upstate of New York up to 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 New York, New Jersey, and New England are expected to be unlike anything anyone has experienced in these zones in recent memory, with extreme gusty winds, flooding rains, and coastal flooding. Tornados and water spouts are, also, likely.
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 for the Grand Bahamas and the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas and from Little River Inlet (near the North Carolina/South Carolina border) northward to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, including the Albemarle, Pamlico, and Currituck Sounds, Delaware Bay, and Chesapeake Bay south of Smith Point.
Hurricane watches are in effect from north of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, to the mouth of the Merrimack River (near the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border), including Long Island, Long Island Sound, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard (President Obama take note), and Nantucket.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the South Carolina Coast from Edisto Beach north to Little River Inlet (near the North Carolina border), and Chesapeake Bay north of Smith Point and the Tidal Potomac.
Hurricane Irene reflects a catastrophic disaster for the United States with total deaths estimated at over 1,000 and damage in excess of 100 Billion Dollars.
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