Sunday morning saw a slightly diminished hurricane Irene continuing its move up the East Coast with wind, rain, and coastal storm surges hitting New York and New Jersey.
Sunday morning saw a slightly diminished Irene – still a Category 1 hurricane – continuing its predicted move up the East Coast of the United States with wind, rain, and coastal storm surges hitting New York and New Jersey as predicted.
Irene made landfall Sunday along the New Jersey coast north of Atlantic City near Little Egg Inlet, the first hurricane to make landfall in the state in more than 100 years. According to the National Hurricane Center, Irene at 8 am was tracking NNE at 25 miles per hour with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour gusting to 115 mph.
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While the warning level south of there (parts of Maryland and Virginia) had been downgraded to a tropical storm, a hurricane warning remained in effect for an area from Chincoteague, Va., to Sagamore Beach, Mass., including Delaware Bay, New York City, Long Island, Long Island Sound, coastal Connecticut and Rhode Island, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.