Hurricane Irene wound up strengthening today over eastern North Carolina after steadily weakening last night. The storm has a central pressure of 950mb which puts it on par with Hurricane Gloria at the same latitude. Our computer models remain tightly clustered next to the NHC track and we are expecting landfall in western Connecticut as a 75 mph hurricane.
Though winds may fall a bit short of Gloria there are several factors to make this storm worse including longer duration and wet ground. Storm surge will be substantially more severe in this storm than in Gloria. Prepare for December 1992 levels of surge.
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