Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene flooding could be "a hundred-year event"

Forecasters Thursday issued watches and warnings for the U.S. East Coast in advance of Hurricane Irene, a monstrous storm that could bring large amounts of rain and a storm surge to North Carolina and other states as it tracks north.

A hurricane warning was issued for coastal North Carolina from Little River Inlet north to the Virginia border, including the Pamlico, Albemarle and Currituck sounds, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. ET advisory.

A hurricane watch was issued from the Virginia-North Carolina border north to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, including Delaware Bay and the Chesapeake Bay south of Smith Point.

Although the possibility of Irene growing to Category 4 was no longer in the Hurricane Center's forecast report, CNN meteorologists Sean Morris and Chad Myers said it is still a possibility.

Five governors declared states of emergency as Irene threatened to wreak havoc along the United States' Eastern Seaboard. more