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Hurricane tracking: Apps for keeping an eye on hurricane Irene

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This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) places Hurricane Irene about 55 miles northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. According to the National Hurricane Center, Irene boasts maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

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On Aug. 22, hurricane Irene swept through Puerto Rico, flooding streets and wrecking foliage on a path that could take it to Florida. The current track has Irene headed toward Haiti, the Bahamas, and possibly Florida and the Carolinas. Will it maintain that track?

Now is good time to learn about how to track hurricanes, and what sites or smartphone applications are most useful for learning about how to prepare for a hurricane.

For example, MyWeather.com has released a list of the top 5 myths regarding hurricanes and their realities, all in the aim of helping people protect themselves.

But if you want to stay mobile and stay on top of hurricane Irene's progress, there are a slew of “hurricane-tracker” applications for tablets and smart-phones.

The Hurricane HD app is equipped with "video updates for storms currently underway or forming," notes ABC News. It covers hurricanes all over the world. The app costs $2.99.

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