Irene Thurs night update for Maryland

By: cws6196 , 3:32 AM GMT on August 26, 2011

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Not too much more for me to say that I haven't yet already said about Irene. The track is about the same and the trending is now more consistent that she will make landfall in NC and move along the coast into NYC. We are under a Tropical Storm Watch while Ocean City is under a Hurricane Watch. There is always a chance Irene will move further west or even run up the Bay, but given the High pressure in the Atlantic and the Low which brought our storms Thursday, it appears the current path will play out and Southern & Central MD will be on the weaker west side of the storm.

TIMING

Rains in Southern MD could start later Friday, but most of us will see the intensity of Irene later Saturday afternoon into Sunday.

IMPACT

This is a large and powerful storm, so don't just watch the track as tropical storm force conditions exist almost 300 miles away from the center as the crow flies. Southern MD will have worse conditions than Central MD, but we all can expect flooding rains, maybe 8 inches or so, and damaging winds in the 40s mph gusting into the 60s and 70s mph. Keep in mind that these winds will be constant for almost 12 hours.

Please prepare yourselves for extended power outages and damage. Stay indoors this weekend and limit your travel to only emergencies until this system passes through. Keep in mind that any shift to the west increases the rain and winds greatly.

I will have another update either later Friday or Saturday morning, depending if there are significant changes to what I have been saying.

I will post more frequent updates come Saturday, and continue to use Twitter (@wxmanmd). The Weather Phone is updated as necessary.

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