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    Posted August 22, 2011 by
    Knoxville, Tennessee
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    Irene's aftermath

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    Hurricane IRENE


    Hurricane IRENE is expected to make landfall in the U.S. anywhere from the  Florida keys to Charlesston South Carolina.


    Depending on the exact location of the landfall will determine the category of the storm.


    The new models are showing this storm is predicted to be a category 3 storm with winds of 111-130 mph and gust of up to 150 mph.


    But if the storm hits the southern tip of Florida the storm is predicted to be a category 2 with winds topping 96-110 mph with gust being in the range of 120 - 130 mph.


    If the storm were to track to the western coast line of Florida moving over the Florida Keys. The Gulf waters are relatively warm and the strength of the storm could increase rapidly. If the storm was to take this course, landfall could be anyone's guess and it could reach the category 4 or 5 stage before making landfall. With winds from 150 mph plus.


    Extreme caution is advised for the entire coastal region from the Florida Keys to Charleston South Carolina. Regardless of where the storm actually makes landfall, many areas can and will be affected by the spawning of tornados, damaging winds, heavy rain and flooding conditions.

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