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Hurricane Irene is threatening the east coast and will potentially hit North Carolina this weekend. We are tracking Irene’s progress and will have updates as they are made available.

11 a.m. update (Friday, August 26): Hurricane Irene is about 330 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras with maximum sustained winds of 105 MPH.

8 a.m. update (Friday, August 26): The National Hurricane Center downgraded Irene to a category 2 hurricane, although “Irene is expected to be near the threshold between category two and three as it reaches the North Carolina coast.” Although Irene has not hit NC’s Outer Banks residents are feeling the impact of the storm as rain pours over the area.

4 p.m. update (Thursday, August 25): Irene is still a Category 3 hurricane and is expected to hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Saturday afternoon with winds around 115 mph. It’s predicted that the storm will continue along the Eastern Seaboard hitting Washington, DC and New York before it weakens into a tropical storm.  The governors of North Carolina, Virginia and New Jersey have all declared states of emergency.

8 a.m. update (Thursday, August 25): Irene is terrorizing the Bahamas and expected to hit the North Carolina coast on Saturday.

You can also track the progression of the storm at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml#IRENE.

Get more information on the storm.

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