Hurricane Irene Strengthens to Category 2; Bahamas Under Storm Warning
Good news: South Florida. NOAA keeps moving the "cone of possibility" away from the area (though we aren't safe yet). Bad news: Irene keeps gaining strength.
Last night, the storm strengthened to 100 MPH winds, making it a Category 2 'cane. Irene is currently north of the Dominican Republic, with the Turks and Caicos and parts of the Bahamas under hurricane warning. The islands of Nassau and Grand Bahama are under a watch advisory.
Forecasters are now saying the most likely area of the United States for a direct hit is the Carolinas, with the storm arriving late Saturday or early Sunday.
But don't think you're completely off the hook, South Florida. Thursday could still be a very wet and windy day even if the hurricane doesn't hit land. Some are already taking precautions like Thursday's Identity Festival in downtown Miami which was canceled yesterday.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Miami New Times' biggest stories.
- Poll: Florida's Senate Race Is Still a Wide-Open Mess
Sat., Aug. 1, 5:35pm
Sun., Aug. 2, 1:05pm
Tue., Aug. 4, 6:35pm
Wed., Aug. 5, 6:35pm
- 80-Yeard-Old Miami Man Stabs Wife to Death, Drives to Publix to Report It
- Heat Trades Napier and Shops Birdman and Chalmers, While Mike Miller Wants to Return