A Faster Pace from Irene

New data in this afternoon is showing a slightly weaker and faster-paced Hurricane Irene.  The path from the National Hurricane Center remains unchanged, but the storm may stay a Cat. 2 Hurricane as it roars into coastal North Carolina and weaken to a Category 1 hurricane as it approaches Long Island.  The storm is going to pick up pace as it moves into the cooler waters north of the Carolinas and is now looking about 3-6hrs faster…. with the height of the storm from mid-morning into late afternoon/early evening.  We’ll watch and see if this trend continues.   ~Michelle