Here are the latest updates about the storm coverage:
- Hurricane Irene poses an extraordinary threat and is one that no one has yet experienced from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast to New England.
- Hurricane Irene is a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
- Rain and wind will begin to pick up in eastern Virginia late tonight and on Saturday and then up to Maryland, Delaware, and southern New Jersey Saturday. Hurricane conditions possible along the coast, with tropical storm conditions possible as far inland as I-95.
- Flooding and wind-related damage (including downed trees, limbs, power lines, power outages, roof, window, and siding damage) can be expected from North Carolina to New England by the time Irene moves away on Monday.
- Hurricane warnings are in effect from Little River Inlet (near the North Carolina/South Carolina border) all the way up to Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts, including New York City, Long Island, Long Island Sound, Albemarle, Pamlico, and Currituck Sounds, Delaware Bay, and Chesapeake Bay south of Drum Point.
- A tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Merrimack River, Massachusetts, to Eastport, Maine.
Everyone stay safe if you are along the Atlantic Coast line!