Hurricane Irene Forecasted to Reach U.S. Coast This Weekend: Pie Prepares

Tropical Cyclone Bingiza

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A hurricane watch was issued early Thursday for much of the North Carolina coast in anticipation of Irene’s slated arrival on Saturday afternoon.  A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours.

Promising a powerful punch along the U.S. eastern coastline, forecasters warn that Irene has the potential to become the most powerful storm to hit the mid-Atlantic region in seven years.

Weather experts warn that Irene’s winds will fire up quickly and could produce a Category 4 hurricane with winds of at least 131 mph.

Emergency response officials have begun deploying disaster supplies including tarps, baby formula and bottled water to military bases in North Carolina, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Safety is going to be synonymous with action in this case. If ordered to evacuate, emergency officials encourage people to move quickly; warning that delay could be deadly.

During Storm:

  • Listen to the radio for important storm information and instructions.
  • If at home, stay inside and away from all windows, skylights and glass doors. Do not go outside, even if the weather appears to have calmed. The “eye” of the storm can pass quickly, leaving you outside when strong winds resume.

After Storm:

  • Stay tuned to the radio or television. If you have had to evacuate, return home only after authorities advise it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid downed power lines.
  • Beware and check for gas leaks or electrical system damage.
  • Make temporary repairs as necessary.

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