TROPICAL STORM IRENE: Moving out of New England

Published: Aug. 23, 2011 at 1:13 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2011 at 10:28 PM EDT
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Hurricane Irene made landfall Saturday morning at Cape Lookout as a Category 1 Hurricane. The massive storm pounded the Carolinas overnight Friday and Saturday morning with heavy rain and very gusty winds, spawning several dangerous storms, causing damage, flooding, and widespread  power outages.

As of 11 p.m. Sunday, now Tropical storm Irene was centered over extreme northern New Hamshire at 45.3 N and 71.3 W.

The storm is moving north-northeast at 26 mph. Irene continues to accelerate northward bringing heavy rain and tropical storm force gusts to New England this afternoon and evening.

Irene did bring heavy but much needed rain to southeast North Carolina with widespread 3-8 inch amounts reported.  Winds did gust close to hurricane force Saturday morning along the beaches of New Hanover county.  A 70 mph wind gust was reported at Wrightsville Beach.

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Maximum wind gusts as of 12:30 a.m. Sunday

Below are the maximum wind gusts recorded at various locations in southeastern NC.

94mph Jacksonville
72mph Masonboro Inlet
70mph Wrightsville Beach
70mph Holly Shelter Game Land
68mph Bald Head Island
66mph Supply
66mph Wilmington International Airport
62mph Springmaid Pier
58mph Topsail Beach
58mph Bladen Lakes
53mph Southport
52mph Sneads Ferry
48mph Whiteville
47mph Sunny Point
49mph Myrtle beach
43mph Lumberton