The above image was just taken from the Jacksonville, FL radar site. You can see spiral bands around the Northwestern side of Iene advancing toward the northern Florida and Carolina coasts. You can also see the outer bands surrounding the eye off toward the center-right portion of the image.
Another view of Irene from the Wilmington, NC radar is shown below:
You can see a much larger swath of precipitation associated with the Northwestern quadrant of Irene advancing toward the Carolina coasts.
Conditions will deteriorate across this region throughout the day today as additional squalls and areas of rain and thunderstorm activity, some heavy, overspread the region. This will hamper preparedness efforts in some areas, which is why we were encouraging that activity to be completed ASAP for the last few days...
In addition to the increasing threat of heavy rain, isolated tornadoes often form within the thunderstorm squalls of hurricanes. The greatest risk of tornadoes is typically from activity within the Northeast quadrant of the storm (which is currently out over water), however isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out with stronger storms that move inland across the Carolinas today.
For additional information on mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders that are in place across the region, please go to this link and select the local office that serves your area.
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