The Latest on Powerful Hurricane Irene

  • Hurricane Irene’s exact track will make the difference between Hurricane force winds (74 mph +) or Tropical Storm conditions (39 to 73 mph) in the immediate Washington Area.  Obviously at this time the greatest concern for Hurricane conditions is across the Chesapeake Bay and the Beaches.  The western suburbs will likely see only tropical storm force winds (if Irene behaves and stays along the east coast vs. a more inland track).
  • Now would be a good time to at least be prepared for ***** winds sustained between 39 and 50 mph with possible gusts up to 70 mph (especially from I-95 towards the beaches).
  • Right now (Thursday @ 8PM) it appears that Irene’s strongest winds and heaviest rains will visit the Washington Area late Saturday night through Sunday Noon.  Conditions should improve Sunday during the mid to late afternoon.

LATEST FORECAST MODELS:

A more inland track: Sunday 6 AM -- Worst case scenario for the immediate DC Area with hurricane force wind gusts and 5 to 10 inches of rain
A track offshore would bring at least tropical force storm wind gusts with 2 to 5" of rain in the immediate DC Area and 6 to 9" further east

RAINFALL WHERE WE DON’T NEED ANYMORE:  FIVE TO TEN INCHES ALONG THE COAST

  • If Hurricane Irene takes a more inland track we will have conditions very similar to what we experienced during Hurricane Isabel.
  • Make sure you have a full gas tank on Saturday in case Irene takes the more inland track on Sunday morning.

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