Here comes Irene: NC ports to close at noon Friday

| Thursday, August 25, 2011

Drayage truckers at the ports in North Carolina will be temporarily off the job because of Hurricane Irene.

The ports of Morehead City and Wilmington plan to shut down at noon tomorrow as a precaution.

Irene hit the Bahamas this morning with heavy rain and winds up to 150 miles per hour, causing heavy damage. The hurricane was expected to strengthen to a category 4 on Thursday.

If current projections hold up, Irene will hit coastal areas of the Carolinas early Saturday, then move northward along the coast to New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces.