TRACKING IRENE: Moving Up East Coast

Hurricane Irene is moving up the East Coast, after bringing flooding and damage to Eastern Carolina.

Irene's maximum sustained winds were at 90 miles per hour at landfall near Cape Lookout, but a wind gust of 115 miles per hour were reported at Cedar Island.

River flooding reached its peak early in the afternoon then receded in many places the late afternoon and evening.

The rain has ended across much of eastern North Carolina and will end in the northeast between 1 and 2 a.m. Winds are gradually diminishing as well with tropical storm gusts only reported in northeastern North Carolina at 11:30 p.m.

Chief Meteorologist Marvin Daugherty said by 2 a.m. the storm is expected to be lifting out of the northern part of Eastern Carolina.

Rains of 7-15" hit Eastern Carolina near and just east of the Highway 17 corridor.


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A flash flood warning has been issued for the following counties:Edgecombe, Halifax, Wilson, and Nash until 9:15AM.

Damage from possible tornadoes has been reported in Beaufort County and Tyrrell County.

A flood warning is in effect for small streams until 10:30 a.m.

A flash flood warning is in effect for Edgecombe, Halifax and Wilson counties through 9:15 a.m.

A flood warning is in effect for the following counties: Tyrrell, Hyde, Pamlico, Washington, Outer Banks Dare, Carteret, Beaufort, Jones, Onslow and Craven.

A tornado watch has been extended until 11 a.m for many Eastern Carolina counties. Counties included in that watch are Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Hyde, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender and Tyrrell, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans and Washington.

Hurricane Irene is a Category 1 storm, with winds currently at 90 miles per hour.

WINDS: Expected to begin later tonight and increase overnight into Saturday. 90+ mph winds along the coast, 60+ mph along Highway 17 corridor and stronger as you move east, 40-60 mph in counties west of Highway 17.

WATER RISES: Water level rises of 6 to 10 feet are possible over the Sounds and along the Outer Banks. 4 to 6 foot rises are possible on the Tar, 4 to 7 foot rises are possible on the Pamlico and 6 to 8 rises are possible on the Neuse Rivers. Low lying areas will be susceptible to flooding.

RAINFALL: 3 to 6" of rain will be possible west of highway 17, with 6 to 12" possible east of highway 17. Widespread flash flooding will be likely. Be extra careful around stream, creeks, culverts, and any areas of running water.

TORNADOES: We've already had multiple warnings and reports of tornadoes spotted.

We will bring you hourly updates on WITN. You can track the storm any time at witn.com.


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