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Hurricane Irene - The name "Irene" means PEACE

Posted: 2011-08-28
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Hurricane Irene hit landfall near Cape Lookout, North Carolina on Saturday morning.


As of 8:00 p.m. EDT, Irene's location is 36.7N 75.7W.  Its maximum sustained windspeed is 80 mph.  It's moving NNE at 16 mph, and has a 500 mile wingspan.  Its minimum pressure is 951 mb.  It is now a category 1 hurricane.  Though category 1 is low for a hurricane, it is extremely dangerous due to the chance of the formation of destructive tornadoes also.  It's equivalent to an intensely strong tropical storm.

Weather experts state that it is very uncommon that a hurricane will take in as many cities in its path at Hurricane Irene is taking in her path up the east coast of the United States, and the dangers are immense.  The danger of this type of hurricane to tall buildings, for example, is ominous. 

Hurricanes are measured by their wind speeds on the ground.  But as you go higher, the winds grow stronger.  Irene, it appears, is now a tropical storm.  For a tropical storm, winds at the base of a building would be about 60 mph.  On the 25th floor, the winds would be 90 mph.  And on the 50th floor, the winds would be 110 mph, which is the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane.  Weather experts are saying that with Irene, more so than with other hurricanes, they're seeing increasing wind speeds at higher elevations, an obvious threat to New York City's skyscrapers--what experts are labelling a "stress test."

Another danger, of course, is water.  In 1821, a hurricane similiar to Irene covered lower Manhattan with 13 feet of water.  The New York City Subway system is said to be in grave danger from water from the Hurricane, as salt water is extremely corrosive and would cause many problems as the city tried to put the trains back on line, after the hurricane.

Irene will now move northward near the Mid-Atlantic coast Saturday night into early Sunday. Heavy, flooding rains and strong, damaging winds are currently spreading northward well ahead of Hurricane Irene's circulation center. In addition to the wind and flood threats, a destructive storm surge will also continue to advance northward along the coast.

Although Irene's top sustained winds have decreased, the expansive size of the hurricane continues to pose an extreme threat to much of the East Coast.

Hurricane warnings remain posted as far north as New England, including New York City and Long Island.

About Dennis South

I have been serving, for 43 years, the cause of helping to create a new, balanced and peaceful world.
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