As of 11:00 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 (NHC Advisory #13): Hurricane Irene continues to move WNW (295°) at 12 mph, and is located about 70 miles South of Grand Turk Island. A hurricane warning has been issued for the Turks and Caicos Islands, as well as the Southeastern, Central, and Northwestern Bahamas. Irene is currently Category 2 strength, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph.
Irene is expected to strengthen during the next few days and eventually reach Category 3 strength, with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph. The forecast track now places Hurricane Irene East of Florida on Thursday, within 60 miles of the Cape Canaveral offshore buoy.
The latest Wavewatch model for the Cape Canaveral offshore station shows the intense conditions expected on Thursday and Friday, with 20-foot+ significant wave heights forecast. Keep an eye on the real-time reports starting tomorrow, as initial swell pulses begin to reach the area. Below is a list of stations in the region that report real-time observations via Twitter: