Hurricane Irene 2011 Track: Latest Warnings and Watches [MAPS]

By IBTimes Staff Reporter | Aug 26, 2011 10:25 AM EDT

…A hurricane watch is in effect for North of Sandy Hook, N.J. through the Mouth of the Merrimack River, Mass. This includes New York City, Long Island, Block Island, Boston, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard.

President Baracl Obama, who is vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, is expected to make a statement on Friday urging Americans to heed evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Irene…

…Hurricane Irene has grown into a massive storm with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 90 miles from the storm center and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 290 miles. This means that even if the center of the storm doesn’t pass directly over your area, the effects will be felt far and wide.

Irene has weakened to a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with winds near 110 mph. She is moving north at 14 mph and is located about 375 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

With the expected arrival of a nearly 600-mile-wide hurricane, states across the east coast began preparations.

Five states have declared a state of emergency: North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York…

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Barely six months ago this was the east coast of Australia – Stay safe, warm and above the water line everyone…

Editor’s Note: No matter how I attempt to add the link to this article wordpress shuts down the entire post. It’s quite bizarre actually. I suggest to view the entire article google ibtimes irene – sorry for the inconvenience – Oz