Hurricane Warnings Issued for Bahamas as Irene Closes In

Hurricane Irene NHC Public Advisory #13

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.

Buoy 41010 - 120 NM East of Cape Canaveral, FL

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: