U.S. braces for Hurricane Irene

| Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Truck drivers are often on the front lines when severe weather hits. Many are preparing for Hurricane Irene, expected to hit the Carolinas sometime Saturday, Aug. 27.

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, the U.S. National Weather Service is reporting that Hurricane Irene is already a Category 2, with sustained winds around 100 mph, and could become a “major hurricane” by Wednesday.

Hurricane Irene was hammering the Caribbean on Tuesday and is expected to be near the central Bahamas by early Wednesday.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s latest situation update, more than 395,000 people in Puerto Rico are without power because of Hurricane Irene.

This is the first hurricane of the 2011 season. In its recent 2011 hurricane outlook released in May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted 12 to 18 named storms, six to 10 hurricanes, and three to six major hurricanes. Major hurricanes are classified as Category 3, 4 or 5, with winds of 111 mph or higher.

Irene is expected to hit Morehead City, NC, on Saturday morning, then the Delmarva Peninsula by Sunday.

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