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Unread 08-26-2011, 07:56 AM
 
Location: NC
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The first (outer) bands are starting to hit areas like Myrtle Beach and Shallotte it looks like...

 
Unread 08-26-2011, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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How will irene affect us in triangle? Just some heavy rain?
Is there anything we need to do to prepare?
Have you been watching the news for the last few days? They are saying what to do to prepare.

The outer edges of the storm will likely be overhead, which will mean tropical storm winds (~50 MPH sustained, with gusts higher) for a few hours. Not just "some heavy rain", but more importantly, heavy WINDS that will blow down trees. Onto power lines. I would imagine we'll lose power for a couple of days (hopefully not more than that) and there will be damage (hopefully isolated cases) from trees on houses and cars.

Stock up on water, batteries (good luck finding any now), canned foods, pet foods if applicable, fill the bathtubs with water just to have some (toilets might not flush), do what you do to prepare for a power outage anywhere. DEFINITELY secure loose items in the yard (outdoor furniture, wind chimes, anything that a VERY strong wind can turn into projectiles).

Being west of the storm, our winds will come from the north/northeast.

Please follow the local news for the next days. This is not something to ('scuse me) blow off. Thankfully, we probably won't get hit dead-on with a full hurricane, but it is much, much more than "just some heavy rain" (that part we actually need).
 
Unread 08-26-2011, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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The 11:00 update from NOAA nudges Irene a little farther east again.
Hurricane IRENE

We should do fine, if that is accurate.
 
Unread 08-26-2011, 09:34 AM
 
Location: NC
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as of 11:30 am 8/26/11, there are no watches/warnings for Wake County....I'm sure we will experience some rain and wind, but nothing like the coast will experience...I'm still prepared though...never know!
 
Unread 08-26-2011, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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This is what one weather site said:
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Unless there is a major westward shift to the track , the Triangle should expect generally breezy conditions tomorrow and Saturday with winds between 25-35 mph with higher gusts as the storm makes its closest approach early Saturday.
 
Unread 08-26-2011, 09:45 AM
 
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The 11:00 update from NOAA nudges Irene a little farther east again.
Hurricane IRENE

We should do fine, if that is accurate.

And a drop in max wind speed:

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
INIT 26/1500Z 30.7N 77.3W 90 KT 105 MPH
12H 27/0000Z 32.2N 77.1W 90 KT 105 MPH
24H 27/1200Z 34.4N 76.6W 90 KT 105 MPH
36H 28/0000Z 36.7N 75.6W 85 KT 100 MPH
48H 28/1200Z 39.5N 74.1W 75 KT 85 MPH
 
Unread 08-26-2011, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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I was hoping for a couple of inches of rain in Cary where I live, but that is starting to look a lot less likely.
 
Unread 08-26-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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The 11:00 update from NOAA nudges Irene a little farther east again.
Hurricane IRENE

We should do fine, if that is accurate.

Actually the update has it moving back west, the 8 am update had it farther east than what it is tracking now and much farther east than it was last night. Goes to show how unpredictable these things can be. Hugo, in 89, was supposed to hit NC but turned at the last minute into SC. Hurricane Dennis hit NC twice in 1999. I've never seen a storm do a u-turn before that one (or since).

edit: Also though the wind speed is waht classifies a storm, that's only part of the rain. The rain and flooding are often more damaging than the wind. Just look at Floyd in 99 or Katrina in 05.

Basically my point is it's still too early to call and even if it tracks east of the Triangle doesn't mean the area won't be affected.
 
Unread 08-26-2011, 11:03 AM
 
Location: NC
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The wind field on this baby is huge. Wake County at least should still be pretty breezy with like 40mph gusts or so.
 
Unread 08-26-2011, 11:22 AM
 
Location: NC
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Issued by The National Weather Service
Raleigh/Durham, NC
Fri, Aug 26, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

Local Weather Alert
Wind Advisory for Wake, NC

... WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM SATURDAY TO MIDNIGHT EDT SATURDAY NIGHT...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY...

WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM SATURDAY TO MIDNIGHT EDT SATURDAY NIGHT.

* LOCATION... IN THE EASTERN PIEDMONT AND EASTERN SANDHILLS OF NC... FROM FAYETTEVILLE AND LILLINGTON... TO RALEIGH AND DURHAM... TO LOUISBURG AND OXFORD... TO HENDERSON AND WARRENTON.

* WINDS... NORTH 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* TIMING... SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS... WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT... ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. SOME DOWNED TREE LIMBS AND SPORADIC POWER OUTAGES ARE ALSO POSSIBLE.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT... ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION
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