Hurricane Irene to Batter East Coast

Hurricane Irene a powerful category 2 Tropical system which slammed Puerto Rico, Cuba, and The Bahamas  is making landfall on Wrightsville Beach,NC Friday.From Atlanta Business Chronicle:

Hurricane Irene is barreling toward North Carolina early Friday with landfall expected Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon. Forecasters said the storm will hit eastern North Carolina as a Category 3 storm with winds estimated at 115 miles per hour. Mandatory evacuations of coastal North Carolina residents will take place throughout the day on Friday. Officials are expected to order evacuations Friday as far north as New Jersey. Forecasters said early Friday the storm is as large as the Southeast, and has the potential to affect as many as 65 million people as it moves north along the East Coast of the U.S.

Even the mayor of New York City is considering mandatory evacuations. Officials there are watching forecasts to determine the storm’s anticipated strength as it moves north. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said officials expect to shut down the city’s entire transit system Saturday afternoon ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irene. He said service likely won’t be available again until sometime Monday or perhaps later. A transportation official said the system cannot operate with sustained winds of 39 mph.

Drudge Report  gives  several listing news and weather links.

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