Hurricane Irene Weakens but Hurricane Warning out from North Carolina to Boston!

Hurricane Irene has weakened some, but even a Category 1 hurricane would be:
– a major windstorm – like a squall line, but lasting for hours
– push a lot of water into NYHarbor and Long Island and Connecticut as it plows its way up the coast with powerful waves
and
– drop a lot of rain – like a thunderstorm but longer and over a wide area.

From the NYC 5pm EDT weather discussion….
NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN MODEL GUIDANCE WITH THE TRACK OF HURRICANE IRENE. GIVEN THE SIZE OF IRENE ITS LARGE AND DAMAGING WIND FIELD AND TORRENTIAL RAINS WILL LIKELY ENVELOP MOST OF THE REGION.
ALL PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE IRENE SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON…AS OUTER BANDS FROM IRENE SHOULD BEGIN TO IMPACT THE AREA LATE SAT INTO SAT EVENING…WITH CONDITIONS RAPIDLY DETERIORATING IN TORRENTIAL RAIN AND STRENGTHENING WINDS SAT NIGHT. THE WORST CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY LATE SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY AFTERNOON WITH DAMAGING WINDS…FLOODING RAINS…AND SIGNIFICANT COASTAL FLOODING. MODELS/NHC FORECAST IN GOOD AGREEMENT WITH TRANSITIONING IRENE PULLING AWAY FROM THE AREA SUNDAY NIGHT WITH RAIN TAPERING OF FROM SW TO NE AND WINDS RAPIDLY DIMINISHING.

PLEASE REFER TO NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER FORECASTS FOR IRENE FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.

A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS…NORTHERN FAIRFIELD…NORTHERN NEW HAVEN…NORTHERN MIDDLESEX…NORTHERN NEW LONDON…SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD…SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN…
SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX…SOUTHERN NEW LONDON…EASTERN PASSAIC…HUDSON…WESTERN BERGEN…EASTERN BERGEN…WESTERN ESSEX…EASTERN ESSEX…WESTERN UNION…EASTERN UNION…PUTNAM…ROCKLAND…NORTHERN WESTCHESTER…SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER…NEW YORK(MANHATTAN)…BRONX…RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)…KINGS
(BROOKLYN)…NORTHWESTERN SUFFOLK…NORTHEASTERN SUFFOLK…SOUTHWESTERN SUFFOLK…SOUTHEASTERN SUFFOLK…NORTHERN QUEENS…NORTHERN NASSAU…SOUTHERN QUEENS AND SOUTHERN NASSAU. HARTFORD CT…TOLLAND CT…WINDHAM CT…WESTERN FRANKLIN MA…EASTERN FRANKLIN MA…NORTHERN WORCESTER MA…
CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA…WESTERN ESSEX MA…EASTERN ESSEX MA…WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA…WESTERN HAMPDEN MA…EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA…EASTERN HAMPDEN MA…SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA…WESTERN NORFOLK MA…SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA…SUFFOLK MA…EASTERN NORFOLK MA… NORTHERN BRISTOL MA…WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA…EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA… NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA…NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI AND WESTERN KENT
RI. NEW CASTLE…KENT…INLAND SUSSEX…DELAWARE BEACHES…TALBOT… CAROLINE…WESTERN MONMOUTH…EASTERN MONMOUTH…SALEM…GLOUCESTER…CAMDEN…NORTHWESTERN BURLINGTON…OCEAN…
CUMBERLAND…ATLANTIC…CAPE MAY…ATLANTIC COASTAL CAPE MAY…COASTAL ATLANTIC…COASTAL OCEAN…SOUTHEASTERN BURLINGTON…DELAWARE AND PHILADELPHIA.

FOR MARINE INTERESTS…A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF LONG ISLAND AND CONNECTICUT COASTAL WATERS AND NEW YORK HARBOR.

This will be the last note posted on this blog for Hurricane Irene – check the Weather Service WeatherUnderground, Crown Weather or the Weather Channel for updates as the storm plows up the coast.
Take care and be safe !

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