Saturday, August 27, 2011

Irene Makes (First) Landfall Near Cape Lookout...

The above radar image was just taken from the Morehead City radar site. The eye of Irene is about 22 miles East/Southeast of the radar site, and moving North/Northeast at 14 mph.

Maximum sustained winds are now estimated at 85-90 mph, with gusts of 100-105 mph.  The minimum central pressure was 28.11 inches of mercury.

The latest visible and infrared satellite images of Irene are below:

Hurricane Watches and Warnings remain unchanged from my last update yesterday evening, as shown by the color coded swaths along the coast on the image below:

Irene remains a large, dangerous hurricane with a very large wind field.  Isolated tornadoes are also possible within some of the bands of Irene, and a Tornado Watch continues until 11am for the following region:

I wanted to get this first update of the morning out quickly.  I'll have a more detailed post coming up within the hour...

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