Hurricane Irene is approaching the Turks and Caicos Islands. at 10:00 a.m. CDT the center of Irene was located by an air force reserve hurricane hunter aircraft near latitude 20.5 north, longitude 71.0 west.
Irene is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph, 19 km/h. this general motion is expected to continue through tonight, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Wednesday. on the forecast track, the core of Irene will move near or over the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas tonight, be near the central Bahama early Wednesday, and near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Thursday.
A hurricane warning is in effect for:
- Turks and Caicos Islands;
- The southeastern, central, and northwestern Bahamas.
A hurricane watch is in effect for:
- North coast of Haiti from le mole st. Nicholas eastward to the Dominican Republic border.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for:
- North coast of the Dominican Republic from cabo engano westward to the Haiti border;
- North coast of Haiti from Le Mole St. Nicholas eastward to the Dominican Republic border.
Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph, 160 km/h, with higher gusts. Irene is a category two hurricane on the saffir-simpson hurricane wind scale. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Irene could become a major hurricane by Wednesday.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 50 miles, 85 km, from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles, 335 km.
Estimated minimum central pressure is 980 mb, 28.94 inches.
Tropical storm conditions will continue over northern portions of the Dominican Republic through this afternoon. Tropical storm conditions are spreading over the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with hurricane conditions expected by this afternoon and evening. Tropical storm conditions are forecast to reach the central Bahamas late tonight with hurricane conditions expected by Wednesday. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the northwestern Bahamas by late Wednesday, with hurricane conditions expected by Thursday.
An extremely dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 9 to 13 feet above normal tide levels over the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, near and to the north of the center of Irene. A storm surge will also raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels along the north coast of Haiti and the entire coast of the Dominican Republic. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.
Irene is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches across Puerto Rico. Rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches are expected over northern Hispaniola, with isolated maximum amounts of up to 15 inches possible over higher terrain. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in areas of steep terrain. Rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches are expected in the southeastern and central Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Next intermediate advisory, 1:00 p.m. CDT; next complete advisory, 4:00 p.m. CDT.