Sunday, August 28, 2011

Reporter caught in Hurricane Irene's intense wind

Hurricane Irene has begun its lumbering march up the East Coast of United States. Hurricane Irene has made landfall near Cape Lookout, North Carolina. This ends the near three-year gap of a hurricane making landfall along the United States coastline.

Punishing rain bands are lashing the Carolinas, southeast Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula. Sustained tropical storm-force winds are occurring across eastern North Carolina with several gusts above hurricane force along the immediate coast. Winds are climbing to sustained tropical storm-force over southeast Virginia.

Extreme, destructive impacts are expected through the weekend in eastern portions of the Mid-Atlantic and New England. Hurricane warnings are posted as far north as New England, including New York City and Long Island. Those destructive impacts include a significant water level rise (surge and wave action), excessive rainfall and damaging winds.

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