Hurricane Irene (09L) Still Battering Abaco Island26.9N 77.8W
Hurricane Irene (09L) is still battering Abaco Island, while new watches and warnings have been issued for the east coast of the United States.
As of 5:00 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the hurricane was located about 575 mi (930 km) south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The system is currently moving north-northwest or 335 degrees at 14 mph (22 km/h). Maximum sustained winds are 115 mph (185 km/h). Minimum central pressure (950 mb) 28.05 inches.
The government of the Bahamas has discontinued the hurricane warning for the central Bahamas. A hurricane warning has been issued for the coast of North Carolina from Little River Inlet northward to the Virginia border, including the Pamlico, Albemarle and Currituck Sounds. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the coast of South Carolina from Edisto Beach northward to Little River Inlet.
A hurricane watch has been issued for the east coast of the United States from the Virginia/North Carolina border northward to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, including Delaware Bay and the Chesapeake Bay south of Smith Point. A tropical storm watch has been issued for the Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point northward and the Tidal Potomac.