Hurricane Irene has continued to strengthen during its trek through the Bahamas. Now with winds approaching 115 mph (185 km/h), the storm is causing major damage to the island chain. Flooding, damage to infrastructure and numerous fatalities have all been reported and more such reports are likely as the storm is only half way through the island chain. Irene is also moving very slowly, and that is causing the impacts from the storm to be more extensive. That slow movement is expected to end as the storm will begin to accelerate towards the United States east coast during the next 12 hours. The Outer Banks and Long Island are the most likely landfall locations.
Please keep in mind the United States is not part of our coverage area, and for details please see the United States National Hurricane Center.