Irene to Make Landfall Soon; Outerbands Already Along Coast
This is going to be a major storm. If you live east of I-95, and north of the NC/SC border, get out of the way!
Hurricane Irene was bearing down on North Carolina Thursday on track to make landfall in the Outer Banks Saturday afternoon, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.
The first signs of the storm could be felt in North Carolina Friday night as tropical storm force winds and heavy rain.
By 2 a.m. Saturday, forecasts show strong winds, heavy surf and rain in South Carolina and Wilmington.
“This is a huge storm. It’s going to affect pretty much the entire coastline,” WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
The National Weather Service said winds at Wrightsville Beach could be close to hurricane force at about 70 mph with a storm surge of four to six feet. New Hanover County could see six to nine inches of rain.