Irene's eyewall collapses; further intensification unlikely

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:14 PM GMT on August 26, 2011

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Satellite data and measurements from the Hurricane Hunters show that Irene is weakening. A 9:21 am EDT center fix by an Air Force Reserve aircraft found that Irene's eyewall had collapsed, and the central pressure had risen to 946 mb from a low of 942 mb this morning. The highest winds measured at their flight level of 10,000 feet were 125 mph, which would normally support classifying Irene as a Category 3 hurricane with 115 mph winds. However, these winds were not mixing down to the surface in the way we typically see with hurricanes, and the strongest surface winds seen by the aircraft with their SFMR instrument were just 90 mph in the storm's northeast eyewall. Assuming the aircraft missed sampling the strongest winds of the hurricane, it's a good guess that Irene is a mid-strength Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds. Satellite imagery shows a distinctly lopsided appearance to Irene's cloud pattern, with not much heavy thunderstorm activity on the southwest side. This is due to moderate wind shear of 10 - 20 knots due to upper-level winds out of the southwest. This shear is disrupting Irene's circulation and has cut off upper-level outflow along the south side of the hurricane. No eye is visible in satellite loops, but the storm's size is certainly impressive. Long range radar out of Wlimington, North Carolina, shows that the outermost spiral bands from Irene are now beginning to come ashore along the South Carolina/North Carolina border. Winds at buoy 41004 100 miles offshore from Charleston, SC increased to 36 mph as of 10 am, with significant wave heights of 18 feet.


Figure 1. Distribution of Irene's wind field at 9:30 am EDT Friday August 26, 2011, as observed by the Hurricane Hunters and buoys. The right front quadrant of the hurricane had about 90% of the storm's hurricane-force winds (yellow and warmer colors, bounded by the heavy black line between the "50" and "60" knot thin black lines.) Tropical storm-force winds (heavy black like bounding the light blue area) extended out 290 miles from the center of Irene. Image credit: NOAA/AOML/HRD.

Forecast and storm surge potential for Irene
With its eyewall collapsed and just 24 more hours over water before landfall, it is unlikely Irene will have time to build a new eyewall and intensify. The storm is too large to weaken quickly, and the best forecast is that Irene will be a Category 2 hurricane at landfall in North Carolina on Saturday, and a rapidly weakening Category 1 hurricane at its second landfall in New England on Sunday. However, since Irene is such a huge storm--tropical storm force winds extend out up to 290 miles from the center--it has set a massive amount of the ocean's surface in motion, which will cause a much larger storm surge than the winds would suggest. At 9:30am EDT this morning, a wind analysis from NOAA/HRD (Figure 1) indicated that the potential storm surge damage from Irene rated a 5.1 on a scale of 0 to 6. This is equivalent to the storm surge a typical Category 4 hurricane would have. While this damage potential should gradually decline as Irene moves northwards and weakens, we can still expect a storm surge one full Saffir-Simpson Category higher than Irene's winds. Since tides are at their highest levels of the month this weekend due to the new moon, storm surge flooding will be at a maximum during the high tidal cycles that will occur at 8 pm Saturday night and 8 am Sunday morning. Wherever Irene happens to be at those times the storm surge damage potential will be maximized. A surge rivaling that experienced during Hurricane Isabel in 2003 is likely in northern NC, southern Maryland, and up Chesapeake Bay on Saturday night. Coastal New England from New York City to Massachusetts may also see storm surges characteristic of a Category 1 hurricane during Sunday morning's high tide, even if Irene has weakened to a tropical storm. I continue to give a 20% chance that a storm surge high enough to over-top the Manhattan flood walls and swamp the New York City subway system will occur on Sunday.

Wind damage
I don't think Irene is going to do a lot of wind damage to the mid-Atlantic states, since the eye of the storm will be just offshore, and the I-95 corridor from Virginia to New Jersey will be on the weak (left) side of the hurricane. The current wind distribution of Irene (Figure 1) shows almost all of the hurricane's winds are on the right side of the storm, and by the time the storm reaches Virginia, there will be likely be no hurricane-force winds on the left side of Irene. Sustained winds should stay below 74 mph (hurricane force), and wind damage will be similar to that wrought be some of the strongest Nor'easters of the past 20 years, from Virginia northwards to New York City. Since Irene will be steadily weakening as it approaches its second landfall on Long Island, I give a 50% chance that no mainland U.S. surface station in New England will record sustained hurricane-force winds. I do think it likely that one or more of the offshore islands--Block Island, Nantucket, and Marthas Vinyard--will get Category 1 hurricane winds. Though the wind damage to buildings will be similar to what the Northeast has seen during some of the more severe nor'easters of the past 20 years, tree damage will be much worse. The trees are in full leaf during hurricane season, and catch the wind much more readily than during the winter. Tree damage will very heavy, and we can expect trees in regions with saturated soils will fall over in high winds onto power lines. Irene is likely to cause one of the top-five most widespread power outages in American history from a storm. The record power outage from a Northeast storm was probably the ten million people that lost power during the great Blizzard of 1993. I don't think Irene's power outages will be quite that extensive, but several million people will likely lose power.

Irene likely to bring destructive fresh water flooding
In addition to storm surge, flash flooding and river flooding from Irene's torrential rains are the main threats. The hurricane is expected to bring rains in excess of 8" to a 100-mile-wide swath from Eastern North Carolina northwards along the coast, through New York City. The danger of fresh water flooding is greatest in northern New Jersey, Southeast Pennsylvania, and Southeast New York, where the soils are saturated from heavy August rains that were among the heaviest on record. New Jersey has had its 6th wettest August on record, with most of that rain falling in the past two weeks. Expect major river flooding throughout New Jersey the Delmarva Peninsula, and regions near New York City, as Irene's rains run off the saturated soils directly into the rivers. In general, the heaviest rains will fall along the west side of the hurricane's track, and the greatest wind damage will occur on the east side. I don't think flooding from heavy rains will be a huge concern in North Carolina, which is under moderate to severe drought. Irene's rains are likely to do some good in Southeast Virginia, where a fire triggered by lightning from a thunderstorm on August 4 sparked a fire in the Dismal Swamp that is burning out of control. Right now, it does not appear that tornadoes will be a major concern, but there will probably be a few weak tornadoes. Hurricane Bob of 1991, the last hurricane to affect New England, spawned six tornadoes, most of them weak F-0 and F-1 twisters.


Figure 2. Predicted rainfall for the 5-day period ending at 8 am EDT Wednesday August 31, as issued by NOAA/HPC.

Links
For those of you wanting to know your odds of receiving hurricane force or tropical storm force winds, I recommend the NHC wind probability product.

Wunderground has detailed storm surge maps for the U.S. coast.

The National Hurricane Center's Interactive Storm Surge RIsk Map, which allows one to pick a particular Category hurricane and zoom in, is a good source of storm surge risk information.

Wunderblogger Mike Theiss is in Nassau, documenting the storm's impact on the Bahamas.

Internet radio show on Irene at 4:30pm EDT
Wunderground meteorologists will be discussing Hurricane Irene on a special edition of our Internet radio show, the Daily Downpour, today (Friday) at 4:30pm EDT. Shaun Tanner , Tim Roche, Angela Fritz, and Rob Carver will there, and I will be available if my schedule permits. Listeners can email in or call in questions. The email address to ask questions is broadcast@wunderground.com.

Portlight mobilizes for Irene
The Bahamas have been hit hard by Irene, and unfortunately, it appears that the Northeast U.S. may have its share of hurricane victims before Irene finally dissipates. My favorite disaster relief charity, Portlight.org, is mobilizing to help, and has sent out their relief trailer and crew to North Carolina. Check out this blog to see what they're up to; donations are always needed.

Jeff Masters

Hurricane Irene's Wrath ! (MikeTheiss)
A shot of the Palm Trees at Nassau, Bahamas being thrashed by high winds during Irene's closest approach !
Hurricane Irene's Wrath !
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Utility pole with street light snapped in half by Irene's winds on a busy street in New Providence.
Aftremath of Hurricane Irene in Nassau, Bahamas
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1329. 996tt
Still looking kind of weak. Any new news. Is TWC still calling this the storm of the century and a worst case scenario? Looks like good news to me.
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Whithout that excess of technology that we use today it is almost impossible for us to survive or to anticipate any storm or another weather event. We have to live in accord with Nature to survive. We have to obey Nature rules (and of course, God rules). If something happen that we lost the satellite signals and other technologies permanently we will have a very big problem to survive... People from several decades ago , and even centuries ago had a better capacity to survive as a society. Owr worst enemy is our society, ourselves... Hurricanes are our friends, our allieds to dstribute energy in Nature.
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Quoting ConnecticutWXGuy:


educated much? i think not


quote "Irene's eyewall collapses; further intensification unlikely"

no eye = no intense

education not needed for that
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1326. JamesSA
The 5pm map is showing NC landfall as a Cat 1...

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1325. Gorty
Quoting stormtopz1:


you should stop so much doom gloom when dr master title is "Irene's eyewall collapses; further intensification unlikely"

geesh


You didn't read? Masters also said wind damage and power outages, geesh.
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1324. skfnek
err on the side of caution when it comes to the surge. Here in Galveston Mr. Ike taught us well as I found my 30' sailboat sitting on its keel in my backyard and leaning on my roof. Fewer things on earth more powerful than moving water. Our thoughts are with all the right coasters, be careful.
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Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


You really need to stop with the misinformation.

"Brought to you by extreme storm chaser/cameraman Jim Edds and his famous "surge cam," included here, in sequence, are Hurricanes Rita (Key West 2005), Fabian (Bermuda 2003), Katrina (2005), Isabel (2003). "


He's pointing out what storm surge can do, he never said it was specifically from Irene.
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See that HUGE outer band about to break off? Think of that as her "downsizing".

The inner core will be protected from dry air intrusions from by that heavy moisture, while that perfectly symmetrical "core" takes advantage of the Gulf Stream over the next 15 hours until expected landfall tomorrow morning 8am Outer Banks.

The storm won't be "drying out" or "dying" until the rainbow satellite imagery doesn't show those puffs of red and has gone completely yellow.

Expect to see a MUCH smaller looking system form under a beautiful looking symmetrical CDO as she passes over the Gulf Stream overnight tonight.
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Quoting SWLACajun:


She will be JUST A BIG RAINMAKER for the east coast? Have you not been listening to those on here like Dr. Masters, Levi, and others? Let me see if I can make it perfectly plain.....STORM SURGE is extreme danger regardless of storm intensity. Clean out your ears and quit minimizing this storm and leading others to let their guard down. When NC and NYC and others further north have no power, sewerage, severe storm damage from water/tornados/high winds, etc....its more than a large rainstorm. They just had that yesterday remember???


you should stop so much doom gloom when dr master title is "Irene's eyewall collapses; further intensification unlikely"

geesh
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Watching a web cam on Myrtle Beach and waves are now breaking at sea wall. About two hours ago they had a pretty wide beach. Conditions are not getting better anytime soon.
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Quoting stormtopz1:
please don't call hurricane without an eye, all hurricane have eye


educated much? i think not
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Quoting weatherrx:
It appears that Irene will strugle to maintain cat 1
status before landfall. She will be just a big rainmaker for the east coast.


She will be JUST A BIG RAINMAKER for the east coast? Have you not been listening to those on here like Dr. Masters, Levi, and others? Let me see if I can make it perfectly plain.....STORM SURGE is extreme danger regardless of storm intensity. Clean out your ears and quit minimizing this storm and leading others to let their guard down. When NC and NYC and others further north have no power, sewerage, severe storm damage from water/tornados/high winds, etc....its more than a large rainstorm. They just had that yesterday remember???
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1317. Dennis8
IKE FACTS

Ike made U.S. landfall at Galveston, Texas, on Sept. 13 at 2:10am CDT (0710 UTC), as a high Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 mph (175 km/h) and a central pressure of 950 mbar (28.05 inHg). The 2:00 am NHC advisory cited tropical storm and hurricane force winds extending 275 miles (443 km) and 120 miles (190 km), respectively, from the center. Around 3:00 a.m. CDT (0800 UTC), it passed over San Leon, Texas and made its final landfall near Baytown, Texas around 4:00 a.m. CDT (0900 UTC).

IRENE FACTS
Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph
The estimated minimum central pressure is 951 mb...28.08 inches.

Irene is a large tropical cyclone. Hurricane force winds extend
outward up to 90 miles...150 km...from the center...and tropical
storm force winds extend outward up to 290 miles.
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Myrtle Beach Cam:

http://www.earthcam.com/usa/southcarolina/myrtleb each/
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please don't call hurricane without an eye, all hurricane have eye
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erased by me... look at new blog for comment.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
I disagree.



With what?
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1312. HCW

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Quoting Bluestorm5:


NOT IRENE'S STORM SURGE. THE COMMENT HAD BEEN EDITED.
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Hurricane Irene NOT as bad as predicted. NY subway smart rats will remain in their protected habitat and will not invade the streets. They have a very good adaptability potential, much better than us. They live from us and with us in a paceful way. Danger (from the storm) will diminish as time passes...
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Quoting Levi32:


It's very bad to assume that the winds at flight-level over the water won't come cascading down to the surface over the land as turbulence increases. If it's 950mb, Cat 3 gusts could find themselves hitting the surface. It's not wise to play this down, even if it is not upgraded later today.


That is true, never really thought about that, very strange though, do you have any idea why Irene has had such low pressure, yet the wind is not transitioning down to the surface, and also why the inner core has struggled so bad?
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1308. Levi32
Quoting IceCoast:


Can you dive into this a little bit further. I've heard a few people say it but don't really understand it. Does it have to do with the storms forward motion? Another feature in the atmosphere that will keep the pressure gradient strong?


Well because the shortwave is going to be passing up over southern Canada, encountering strong resistance from the Bermuda ridge over the northwest Atlantic. This will be creating a strong jet just north of New England, and if you look at the jet, it is in a great position to exhaust air from Irene's surface low via the right entrance region. Irene will be approaching New England by that time (48 hours on this GFS image). This should slow the pressure rises a bit, and I believe this is why the global models show Irene remaining very strong until she crosses Long Island.

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Quoting P451:


Many don't seem to understand the baroclinic situation when these storms head north and how it helps a system maintain intensity and broaden it's northern windfield substantially.


forward speed alone can often be fast enough play a role as well
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NEEWWWW BLOGGGGG!
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For those posting images hotlinked from americanwx.com they have disabled hotlinking so all we see is a black box. Please save the image and upload to something like photobucket or imageshack.
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1304. zawxdsk
Quoting P451:


The wind will be a dangerous situation up here. Many forecasts have sustained 65-85 gusting to 100 along the immediate beaches. 45-65 gusting to 85 inland areas.

That will take down a lot of trees thus blocking roads and taking out the power.

We're not worried about direct structural damage from wind. We are worried about trees falling on structures, cars, powerlines, blocking roads.

Up to 15" of rain on top of ground still soaked from some fairly torrential rain events in recent days and weeks. Trees are coming down no way around it.


Amen to all of that. I work at a logistics/transportation company and we are getting as much equipment away from here as possible. I don't expect that we're looking at the equipment being damaged or tipped as we're looking at trees and power lines falling on it.

Just as bad is being blocked into an area where we cannot access our stuff. We need it to make money and help ship items back into the coast because these areas are going to need a lot to recover. We do that!
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1303. Skyepony (Mod)
Cape May surge..

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I disagree.

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Quoting weatherrx:
It appears that Irene will strugle to maintain cat 1
status before landfall. She will be just a big rainmaker for the east coast.


i know, seen noreaster's like irene, and they never evacuate LOL
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BULLETIN
HURRICANE IRENE ADVISORY NUMBER 26
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL092011
500 PM EDT FRI AUG 26 2011

...LARGE HURRICANE IRENE HEADING TOWARD THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED
STATES...HURRICANE WARNING EXTENDED NORTHWARD INTO SOUTHERN NEW
ENGLAND....


SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...31.7N 77.4W
ABOUT 265 MI...425 KM SSW OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...100 MPH...160 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 360 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...951 MB...28.08 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES IN WATCHES AND WARNINGS WITH THIS ADVISORY...

A HURRICANE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FROM NORTH OF SANDY HOOK TO
SAGAMORE BEACH MASSACHUSETTS...INCLUDING NEW YORK CITY...LONG
ISLAND...LONG ISLAND SOUND...COASTAL CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND...
BLOCK ISLAND...MARTHAS VINEYARD AND NANTUCKET.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FROM NORTH OF SAGAMORE
BEACH TO THE MOUTH OF THE MERRIMACK RIVER.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FROM THE MOUTH OF THE
MERRIMACK RIVER TO EASTPORT MAINE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...

A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* LITTLE RIVER INLET NORTH CAROLINA NORTHWARD TO SAGAMORE BEACH
MASSACHUSETTS...INCLUDING THE PAMLICO...ALBEMARLE...AND CURRITUCK
SOUNDS...DELAWARE BAY...CHESAPEAKE BAY SOUTH OF DRUM POINT...NEW
YORK CITY...LONG ISLAND...LONG ISLAND SOUND...COASTAL CONNECTICUT
AND RHODE ISLAND...BLOCK ISLAND...MARTHAS VINEYARD AND NANTUCKET.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* NORTH OF EDISTO BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA TO LITTLE RIVER INLET
* CHESAPEAKE BAY FROM DRUM POINT NORTHWARD AND THE TIDAL POTOMAC
* NORTH OF SAGAMORE BEACH TO MERRIMACK RIVER

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* MERRIMACK RIVER TO EASTPORT MAINE

INTERESTS IN SOUTHEASTERN CANADA SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF
IRENE.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY
YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
AT 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRENE WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 31.7 NORTH...LONGITUDE 77.4 WEST. IRENE IS MOVING
TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 14 MPH...22 KM/H. A TURN TOWARD THE
NORTH-NORTHEAST IS EXPECTED TONIGHT OR EARLY SATURDAY. ON THE
FORECAST TRACK...THE CORE OF THE HURRICANE WILL APPROACH THE COAST
OF NORTH CAROLINA TONIGHT AND PASS NEAR OR OVER THE NORTH CAROLINA
COAST ON SATURDAY. THE HURRICANE IS FORECAST TO MOVE NEAR OR OVER
THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST SATURDAY NIGHT AND MOVE OVER SOUTHERN NEW
ENGLAND ON SUNDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 100 MPH...160 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. IRENE IS A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
HURRICANE WIND SCALE. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST BEFORE
IRENE REACHES THE COAST OF NORTH CAROLINA. SOME WEAKENING IS
EXPECTED AFTER THAT...BUT IRENE IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN A HURRICANE
AS IT MOVES ALONG THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST ON SUNDAY.

IRENE IS A LARGE TROPICAL CYCLONE. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND
OUTWARD UP TO 90 MILES...150 KM...FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL
STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 290 MILES...465 KM. NOAA
BUOY 41013 LOCATED ABOUT 40 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SOUTHPORT NORTH
CAROLINA RECENTLY REPORTED A SUSTAINED WIND OF 46 MPH...75 KM/H...
AND A GUST TO 60 MPH...96 KM/H.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 951 MB...28.08 INCHES.


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND...TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS WILL SPREAD OVER THE SOUTHERN
PORTION OF THE WARNING AREA DURING THE NEXT FEW HOURS. HURRICANE
FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO FIRST REACH THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA
OVERNIGHT TONIGHT. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN
ALONG THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST OVERNIGHT WITH HURRICANE CONDITIONS
EXPECTED BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED TO REACH SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND SATURDAY NIGHT WITH
HURRICANE CONDITIONS EXPECTED ON SUNDAY.

STORM SURGE...AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM SURGE WILL RAISE WATER
LEVELS BY AS MUCH AS 6 TO 11 FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL IN THE
HURRICANE WARNING AREA IN NORTH CAROLINA...INCLUDING THE ALBEMARLE
AND PAMLICO SOUNDS. STORM SURGE WILL RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS MUCH
AS 4 TO 8 FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL WITHIN THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA
FROM THE NORTH CAROLINA/VIRGINIA BORDER NORTHWARD TO CAPE COD
INCLUDING SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AND ITS
TRIBUTARIES. NEAR THE COAST...THE SURGE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY
LARGE...DESTRUCTIVE...AND LIFE-THREATENING WAVES. STORM SURGE
VALUES ARE VERY LOCATION-SPECIFIC...AND USERS ARE URGED TO CONSULT
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY THEIR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES.

RAINFALL...IRENE IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF
6 TO 10 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 15 INCHES...FROM
EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA NORTHWARD THROUGH THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES
INTO NEW ENGLAND THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. THESE RAINS COULD
CAUSE WIDESPREAD FLOODING AND LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS.

SURF...LARGE SWELLS GENERATED BY IRENE ARE AFFECTING PORTIONS OF THE
COAST OF THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. THESE SWELLS WILL CAUSE
LIFE-THREATENING SURF AND RIP CURRENT CONDITIONS.

TORNADOES...ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER EXTREME EASTERN
NORTH CAROLINA LATE TONIGHT AND SATURDAY.


NEXT ADVISORY
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NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY...800 PM EDT.
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...1100 PM EDT.

$$
FORECASTER BROWN/CANGIALOSI
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Quoting BobinTampa:


mis-what people??



Something about four people mating? I couldn't figure it out.
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Quoting BobinTampa:


mis-what people??

I posted the youtube video, and commented this is surge from Irene. But I saw that it belonged to famous storms, Irene so I edited it. Storm surge can still be dangerous.
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...LARGE HURRICANE IRENE HEADING TOWARD THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES...HURRICANE WARNING EXTENDED NORTHWARD INTO SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND....


5:00 PM EDT Fri Aug 26
Location: 31.7°N 77.4°W
Max sustained: 100 mph
Moving: N at 14 mph
Min pressure: 951 mb
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so sad when the storm weakens and not forcast to strong again while the media keeps beating the drums of doom!
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Quoting wunderweatherman123:
what about the gulf coast? theyve been protected ever since the beginning of the season. will they be protected the entire season?



So far so good, let's just hope it stays that way for all of us. But yes some have said we should get one.
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In Williamsburg Va, some light winds and occasional rain.
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1293. Remek
Quoting stormtopz1:
I see NHC says storm is weakening, and not forcast to increase again. must be like a strong tropical storm or something because of no
eye. never seen a cane without an eye.


No complete/visible eye, but the CoC is still hanging tough and generating new hot towers.
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Winds are getting stronger, probably because of this one rain band moving through.

20-25 mph sustained, 30-35 mph frequent gusts, and 40-45 mph infrequent gusts.
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1291. Dennis8
Houston NWS AFD

THE 384 HOUR GFS KEEPS A 500 MB WEAKNESS OVER
THE CENTRAL PART OF THE REGION. THE WEAKNESS COMBINED WITH AN
INCREASE IN MOISTURE WOULD LEAD TO HIGHER RAIN CHANCES FOR THE
FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER. 43
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Going to my school's game... bringing camera in case something happened.
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
I EDITED IT. I AM NOT MISINFORMATING PEOPLE ON PURPOSE!!!


mis-what people??

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1288. HCW

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Quoting TerraNova:
Question, could Irene's storm surge be diminished by interaction with the Outer Banks?


Doubt it...Outer Banks are low lying, just like the Bahamas.
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Quoting WeatherNerdPR:

And the $1.1 billion in damage caused so far.


Good point!
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It appears that Irene will strugle to maintain cat 1
status before landfall. She will be just a big rainmaker for the east coast.
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Quoting wunderweatherman123:
what about the gulf coast? theyve been protected ever since the beginning of the season. will they be protected the entire season?


Who knows, but the Texas death ridge is still in place on the model comparison map. As long as it's there, the US Gulf Coast will be hard pressed to receive any sort of significant tropical activity.
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1283. Dennis8
Quoting wunderweatherman123:
what about the gulf coast? theyve been protected ever since the beginning of the season. will they be protected the entire season?


Ridge breaking down next weekend..finally. We are expecting possible all time historical high temperature record tomorrow ( 109 is record) as a side effect of Irene in Houston.
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recon found 950
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Question, could Irene's storm surge be diminished by interaction with the Outer Banks?
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Quoting bayoubrotha:


Wrong.

Dr. Masters said: "With its eyewall collapsed and just 24 more hours over water before landfall, it is unlikely Irene will have time to build a new eyewall and intensify. The storm is too large to weaken quickly, and the best forecast is that Irene will be a Category 2 hurricane at landfall in North Carolina on Saturday, and a rapidly weakening Category 1 hurricane at its second landfall in New England on Sunday.

See above.


As far as I can see, that is EXACTLY what Levi just said.
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Quoting IceCoast:


Euro shows another system in the long range on the 12Z. Pretty far north, but a long ways out.



Yeah, I posted it a few posts back.
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.

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