Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene. Resources. Extraordinary Extreme Threat Warning For East Coast of the U.S.

The following are resources that you and your loved ones can utilize to watch the path and strength of Hurricane Irene.

The following link shows Hurricane Irene's current path, the current strength and has a drop-down menu that shows where alerts are directed at the current time.

The following link shows an interactive Hurricane Irene tracker map with forecast, updates, and what has happened already with the storm. This is a pretty cool tool to keep you updated on the current events around this storm and on another one brewing further out in the ocean.

Top developments, according to MSNBC, on Irene are as follows.
Top Developments:
  • Irene could still strengthen a bit; up to 15 inches of rain estimated on East Coast.
  • Hundreds of thousands told to evacuate in N.C., Md. and N.J. counties.
  • New York state joins N.C., Va., Md. and N.J. in declaring state of emergency.
  • Forecast shifts track west, putting large cities closer to center of forecast "cone."
  • Hurricane warning issued along all N.C. coast.
  • NYC to decide tomorrow on whether to order evacuations.
This link shows you the current advisories from the National Weather Service on the topic of Hurricane Irene.  This is one to keep a close eye on.

Here are some current headlines regarding the effects that Hurricane Irene is having/will be having on the population of the United States as she barrels through.

Refineries Likely to Shut as Hurricane Irene Nears, Boosting Gas Prices

Published August 25, 2011
| Associated Press
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Hurricane Irene Sends Tens of Thousands Fleeing the Coast

PHOTO: With a mandatory visitor evacuation in place with approaching Hurricane Irene, cars drive north on Highway 12 on Pea Island, N.C., in North Carolina's Outer Banks on Aug. 25, 2011.
Hurricane Irene barrels toward East Coast

BUXTON, N.C. (AP) -- A nightmare Hurricane Irene barreled toward the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday, sending thousands of vacationers fleeing and threatening up to 65 million people from the Carolinas to New England.

The Category 3 storm with winds of 115 mph - the threshold for a major hurricane - would be the strongest to strike the East Coast in seven years, and people were already getting out of the way.

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