According to the latest NOAA update, the center of Hurricane Irene was located near latitude 75 miles northeast of Nassau in the Bahamas. The report says that Irene is moving toward the NNW 13 mph. It is expected to continue this track through the night before turning toward the north by early Friday. The hurricane is forecast to approach the coast of North Carolina on Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph, with higher gusts. Irene is a Category Three hurricane. Some strengthening is possible today and tonight. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for north of Surf City, N.C., to the N.C.-Va. Border. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for north of Edisto Beach, S.C., to Surf City, N.C.