Hurricane Irene Gaining Strength, Eyes US East Coast [image time-lapse] #SurfReport

VIA – FOREX TV

Hurricane Irene Gaining Strength, Eyes US Coast [image time-lapse]

ForexTV.com (New York) by Timothy Kelly

THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRENE WAS

LOCATED BY AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT NEAR

LATITUDE 19.9 NORTH…LONGITUDE 69.2 WEST. IRENE IS MOVING TOWARD

THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH…19 KM/H…AND THIS MOTION IS

EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY FOLLOWED BY A TURN TOWARD THE

NORTHWEST TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE

CORE OF IRENE WILL MOVE JUST TO THE NORTH OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

AND HAITI TONIGHT…NEAR OR OVER THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND

THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS ON TUESDAY…AND NEAR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS

EARLY WEDNESDAY.

DATA FROM THE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM

SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 100 MPH…160 KM/H…WITH HIGHER

GUSTS. IRENE IS A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON

SCALE. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48

HOURS…AND IRENE COULD BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE ON TUESDAY.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 45 MILES…75 KM…FROM

THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 185

MILES…295 KM.

THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE BASED ON DATA FROM THE HURRICANE HUNTER

AIRCRAFT IS 980 MB…28.94 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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WIND…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD OVER THE

NORTHERN PORTIONS OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TONIGHT AND LOCALIZED

HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OVER THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TONIGHT AND EARLY TUESDAY. THE HIGHEST WINDS

ARE LIKELY TO OCCUR OVER AREAS OF ELEVATED TERRAIN. TROPICAL STORM

CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REACH THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS AND THE

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS TUESDAY MORNING WITH HURRICANE CONDITIONS

EXPECTED TUESDAY. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REACH

THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS BY TUESDAY NIGHT WITH HURRICANE CONDITIONS

EXPECTED BY WEDNESDAY. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN

THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS BY LATE WEDNESDAY…WITH HURRICANE

CONDITIONS POSSIBLE BY THURSDAY.

RAINFALL…IRENE IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL

ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ACROSS PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN

ISLANDS. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER

NORTHERN HISPANIOLA…WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF UP TO 10

INCHES POSSIBLE OVER HIGHER TERRAIN. THESE RAINS COULD CAUSE

LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES IN AREAS OF STEEP

TERRAIN. RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES ARE EXPECTED IN

THE SOUTHEASTERN AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS…AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS

ISLANDS.

STORM SURGE…A STORM SURGE WILL RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS MUCH AS 9

TO 13 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN AND

CENTRAL BAHAMAS…AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. STORM SURGE

WILL ALSO RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS MUCH AS 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE NORMAL

TIDE LEVELS ALONG THE ENTIRE COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. NEAR

THE COAST…THE SURGE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE AND DANGEROUS

WAVES.

For the original report go here:

http://www.forextv.com/forex-news-story/hurricane-irene-gaining-strength-eyes-us-coast-image-time-lapse

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