Previous forecasts suggested Irene might be farther off the coast…now the storm is expected to make landfall on the on the islands off N. Carolina. It is expected to be a cat. 3. The high storm surge could forever change the landscape of the very popular and populated shorelines.
Irene is expected to hug the coast and hit New England as a cat. 1 or 2 on Sunday. Long Island could see a direct hit with storm surge of 8 to 10 feet above sea level. Roughly 3 million people live on Long Island. Evacuations may already be underway. I hope that is the case.
Check out this live web camera off North Carolina. http://www.surfchex.com
Many folks were hitting the beach early today to catch the bigger waves as Hurricane Irene already was kicking up the surf.