Hurricane Irene on the Horizon for this Weekend

Come on Irene.

No this isn’t a reference to the 1982 hit by British Band Dexys Midnight Runners, it’s a look forward to this weekend in New England when Hurricane Irene could affect the region with heavy winds and excessive rainfall.

A satellite image of Irene from NOAA as it builds strength in the warm waters of the Southern Atlantic.

This is a strong storm that is building strength in the Caribbean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported Irene was upgraded to a Category 3 storm Tuesday night as the Southeast U.S. prepares for it. Winds have been reported up to 115 mph. It’s still too early to know how the storm will track as it reaches the continental U.S. but it is possible it could move off the New England Coast in a weakened state over the weekend. The Boston Globes reports National Weather Service forecasters are “highly uncertain,” where and how hard the storm will hit, if it hit’s at all. It’s an expansive storm, stretching 400 miles in diameter. Regardless if coastal New England experiences a direct hit or not, it’s likely Vermont will see some rain from the storm this weekend.

Check back for updates as the week progresses.

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