Tropical Storm Irene’s on track to hit Florida, Georgia


by Kevin Hagler

UPDATE: While Hurricane Irene didn’t cause any significant damage to Georgia, please follow this link for an update on Atlantic activity.

Hurricane warnings are being issued as Tropical Storm Irene is projected to become a hurricane within the next couple days. The storm is heading straight for South Florida and could land in Georgia around the Savannah harbor sometime next week.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

MIAMI — A hurricane warning has been issued for Puerto Rico and the northern Coast of the Dominican Republic as Tropical Storm Irene approaches.

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami say Irene could become a hurricane by Monday. On Sunday, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (80 kph) and was moving west-northwest at 20 mph (32 kph).

The warning in the Dominican Republic applies to the north coast from Cabo Engano to Cabo Frances Viejo.

Meanwhile, a hurricane watch has been issued for the U.S. Virgin Islands. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Haiti, the U.S. Virgin Islands and a host of other islands.

This is a live-updating graphic from the National Hurricane Center

Make sure to check out this link for more information on how to be Red Cross Ready during hurricane season.

Check out the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Center website to stay informed of the storm.

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