22 August 2011
Irene Shifts northward, Hispaniola Still at Risk
By Eric Wolvovsky @ 12:44 PM
Instead of slipping to the south of Puerto Rico, Tropical Storm Irene is now in the process of passing over the island. Once the storm emerges, it will no longer be heading towards Santo Domingo, but instead the northern coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Irene is expected to remain a tropical storm during its approach and landfall on Hispanoila, although there is a 50/50 chance that no landfall will take place and that Irene will simply pass between Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos before grazing the western Bahamas. The east coast of the United States state of Florida is now the most likely to take the brunt of the storm as Irene may be a weak hurricane by the time it reaches the United States.