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Hurricane Irene is an active North Atlantic tropical cyclone, the ninth named storm, first hurricane, and first major hurricane of the 2011 season. Irene formed from a well-defined Atlantic tropical wave, which showed signs of organization east of the Lesser Antilles. It developed atmospheric convection and a closed cyclonic circulation center, prompting the National Hurricane Center to initiate public advisories on the tropical cyclone late on August 20. Subsequent convective organization occurred as it passed the Leeward Islands, and by August 21 it moved very close to Saint Croix. The next day Irene made landfall near Puerto Rico, where high winds and intermittent torrents caused significant property damage.

The hurricane strengthened as it passed through the Bahamas, becoming a major hurricane while doing so and causing extensive damage to the islands. Recurving toward the north, Irene skirted past Florida with its outer bands producing tropical storm-force winds. It is currently approaching the coast of North Carolina, and is forecast to make landfall within 24 hours. Throughout its path, Irene caused widespread destruction and at least six deaths; monetary losses could be as high as US$3.1 billion according to preliminary estimates.

The U.S. east coast is bracing itself for a first major hurricane in seven years.

Evacuations began on a tiny barrier island off North Carolina as Hurricane Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm over the Bahamas today with the east coast in its sights.

Irene's maximum sustained winds have already increased to near 115mph and it’s likely to grow into a Category 4 monster by the time it hits mainland U.S. this weekend and crawls up the northeast.

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review by . August 29, 2011
The experience with Hurricane Irene is set forth.
Late last week, Hurricane Irene plowed through the Carolinas and along the   East Coast through New Jersey, New York City , Connecticut, other parts   of New England and Canada. The storm was a Category 1 hurricane with   winds approaching 90 MPH. The most dangerous portions of the storm   were the many flood surges of rising water which leveled small communities   and towns in its path. In addition, hurricanes generate tremendous shear   …
Quick Tip by . August 28, 2011
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The rain is literally pounding down right now. The sheets of water coming off the roof are so heavy that you can't see through them and the wind is still howling out there. Why I'm on the computer I don't know. Not much else to do since everywhere is closed and the satellite is out.      UPDATE:   Well, after a lot of wind and a lot of rain, the trees are still standing, the power never went out, and everything's already gone pretty much back to normal. …
Quick Tip by . September 01, 2011
My sister lives in New York City and was stuck waiting out this sucker. She's okay though, and I guess the one good thing you could say about Irene is that the damages was ultimately considerably less than expected. Irene was reduced to tropical storm status when it hit the northeast, but still did over a billion dollars worth of damage in New York City and various points upstate, not even including a stop in New England.
Quick Tip by . August 28, 2011
CNN reports flooding in NY City including the subway. The financial damage? At least a billion or so! So far, not too many fatalities so that's good news (if any news could be called good in the case of a hurricane!). Let's pray things won't get worse from here!      Stay safe, Americans!
Quick Tip by . September 06, 2011
As someone who has dealt with more than a few hurricanes in his day, I know how bad they can be. Just know this, East Coasters, someone down in Louisiana loves you.
Quick Tip by . September 02, 2011
Hurricane Irene, Yes, this was a very large storm and caused a lot of damage for many, the un-informed who escaped from the damage the stormed caused others were indeed lucky. Count your blessings if the storm had little or no effect on you except to spoil a summer week-end.
Hurricane Irene by Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
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