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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