According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Irene has weakened from a Category 2 to a Category 1 today. This does not mean it will stay this way – Hurricane Irene may regain its strength. As Hurricane Irene roars over warm waters from the Caribbean to the United States, it is in an ideal position to intensify and strengthen to Category 4. Hurricane Irene has already stormed through the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, cutting power to more than a million people on Monday. Vieques, Puerto Rico has been affected the worse with no power, water, or cell phone service.
As of today, Hurricane Irene is travelling northeast to the mid-Atlantic coast, evading Florida. Experts from the National Hurricane Center say that the hurricane may even impact New England. Hurricane Irene is the first big hurricane to threaten the United States in three years. Hurricane Irene intensifying into a Category 4 hurricane is a terrifying thought for Hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 when it hit New Orleans in 2005. Residents on the entire U.S. East Coast are on alert, getting their supplies ready and evacuation plans in order.
Click here to see the forecast of Hurricane Irene.
- Hana Kelley