Irene continues to strengthen, poses threat to East Coast
Irene seems to be getting her act together now and could become a hurricane within 24 hours. Current maximum sustained winds are estimated at 65 mph and her central pressure is estimated at 994 mb. A hurricane hunter is on the way to visit Irene and we should know more later today. Coming up this weekend, Irene should begin interacting with a cold front coming down the eastern seaboard that will likely serve to protect New England, but other areas, especially North Carolina, should pay close attention to this storm. The models continue to have a poor grasp on this storm and a strike probability map from NHC is below.