Hurricane Irene to Reach East Coast: Projected Path (NASA Photo)
Hurricane Irene at Category 3, May Reach Long Island
Hurricane Irene has gathered in strength since forming in the Caribbean. As of August 24, 2011, Irene is now a Category Three storm, with sustained winds of 115mph.
Hurricane Irene's projected path takes it north along the east coast of the USA, and mid-Atlantic states from North Carolina to New England could see some severe storm activity. Current models have Irene hitting North Carolina's Ocracoke Island. Ocracoke Island is being evacuated: tourists must leave on August 24, residents on August 25.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Irene is expected to strengthen to a Category Fur hurricane by tomorrow.
A hurricane warning is in effect in the Bahamas, and a hurricane watch is in effect for the Turks and Caicos.
Below is a photo of Hurricane Irene taken by astronaut Ron Garan from his vantage point aboard the ISS.