Will Irene Have A Major Impact?

Hurricane Irene will impact portions of the Southeast coast late in the week and weekend.

Hurricane Irene was growing in strength Monday night as the storm was churning slowly into the Bahamas.  We are reaching the peak season for hurricanes and it looks like Irene will live up to that honor.  Late Monday night the storm was already packing sustained winds of 100 mph and was located about 1200 miles south-southeast of the North Carolina coast. 

Forecasters typically look at weather computer models to get an idea of where the storm is headed and how strong it will be when it gets there.  It appears Irene will be a major hurricane in the Bahamas by Wednesday and Thursday.  The current track would take the storm near the South Carolina or North Carolina coast by Saturday.  Current estimates are that Irene should be at least a category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph at landfall. 

It isn't easy to determine what direct impacts the storm will have on our area.  The beaches will certainly see a lot of rough surf and heavy rainfall is likely in much of the region.  Wind velocities will be determined by the location of landfall for the storm. 

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  • by Anonymous Location: Bath on Aug 26, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    I would just like to know why WITN weather thinks it's necessary to be on the air for a full 24 hours,preempting all regular tv programs. I really think this is kind of ridiculous. They just keep saying the same thing over, & over & over again. Break ins every 30min or every hour on the hour would be sufficient. Then on Saturday when it is necessary be on the air. I really think this is over kill.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    National Weather Service site provides the option for zip code, city, or state/county. Most of the questions on this blog can be answered there. est. times/wind speeds/direction/% precip.
  • by Lorenzo Williams Jr Location: carolina forest is jacksonville, nc on Aug 26, 2011 at 09:45 AM
    Is Carolina Forest a bad place to be during the hurricane? Will it flood?
  • by Melissa Location: Hamilton on Aug 26, 2011 at 04:39 AM
    Im a bit interested to know where all the news coverage and preperations by the government and FEMA was when Hurricane Katrina was heading in. Seems they are only concerned because its heading toward NY. Unbelievable. Can you imagine how the people in LA. feel watching the Today Show? Insane. Im beyond disappointed in the lack of tact in the reporting. They are blowing this way out of proportion. We have had much worse than this.
  • by fernita bembry Location: edenton nc on Aug 25, 2011 at 06:14 PM
    what about edenton nc are the going to make us evacuate?
  • by Larry Location: Greenville on Aug 25, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    Just like last couple of years, the actual weather forcasting is more dangerous than the storm itself. To insure the most accurate forcast without TV ratings as the motivation, you need to go to the National weather service web site and rely upon their forcast, rather than local weathermen who are forcasting different tracts for Hurricane Irene land fall. SouthernCoastal NCor Northern Outerbanks. Make up your mind. This is what so scary, The TV station trying to prove to the other TV station who is right. I say trust the NWS, not the TV weatherman.
  • by Dani Location: Greenville, NC on Aug 25, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    Want to know what estimated winds will be in Greenville and surrounding areas like Winterville, Ayden, Kinston.
  • by Tasha Location: Greenville on Aug 25, 2011 at 04:44 AM
    We ALL know what to expect at the coast about now... but I want to what to expect in eastern Greenville! Should we not be worried? Should we be prepared? All anyone is talking about is the coast and up north! What about us more inland Eastern NC?
  • by Don Location: Plymouth,NC on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:12 PM
    How about a windfield report/estimate for us inlanders?
    • reply
      by Tasha on Aug 25, 2011 at 04:45 AM in reply to Don
      Don, I asked the same thing, no one is saying anything about those of us inland! Then if something happens they are gonna say we were complacent!
  • by Peggy Location: Belhaven on Aug 24, 2011 at 08:39 AM
    What is the forecast for storm surge/flood on the Pungo River--especially around Jordan Creek?
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