At 8:00 a.m. EDT the center of Hurricane Irene was located near latitude 25.5 north, longitude 76.5 west. Hurricane Irene now has winds of 115 mph moving west at 13 mph. Irene is 65 miles south of Nassau, Bahamas.
Irene is forecast to pass well to the east of the South Carolina coast. But with the storm being so large, the coast may see tropical storm gusts for a period of time along with bands of rain as we get into Friday and Saturday. As with any tropical system, it is best continue to monitor movement and strength until it is has passed our coast.