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by Ed Temperley on Friday 26th August, 2011 66287 Views
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HURRICANE Irene is hovering around the Major status and headed straight for the Outer Banks. The NHC have reduced the intensity estimate to 95knts/110mph with a central pressure of 942 mb. Whilst slightly lower in intensity Irene is still a large and dangerous storm.
Irene is moving through a weakness at the western end of the subtropical ridge and should make landfall in North Carolina on Saturday morning bringing with it a 12ft storm surge and winds in excess of a 100mph, this is not surfing weather. The track is then forecast to pass near the coast of the Mid-Atlantic states before making landfall in New England. After landfall Irene should merge with the westerlies and turn northeastward hard and eventually out into the North Atlantic next week.
Hurricane warnings are in effect for North Carolina through to New Jersey (meaning contact is expected in 36 hours) whilst a hurricane watch (likely in 48 hours) is in effect for New York, Long Island, Boston and Nantucket. Irene is encountering light to moderate southwesterly vertical wind shear and dry air, inhibiting further strengthening but still moving over seas of 28-29c which may counteract this and lift it from Category 2 to 3 just before landfall. © 2013 NHC
The good news is that Florida and the Gulf saw some surf yesterday with the wave starved locals tucking into bite sized chunks and reprtedly there were a few golden moments on dark.
"South Florida was epic last night." said Nicholas Desiderio. "Wind turned offshore for good around 5:30pm and if you found the right sand bar you were getting barreled all night!"
Jupiter Inlet saw some rippable peaks. © 2013 PDB sarge
And some contrasting styles. © 2013 PDB sarge
Sunglow Pier had some peaks worth stamping on. © 2013 NotoriousNate
Boynton Inlet area some some proper size and winds to go along with it. © 2013 hippie22
It was enough at Boynton Inlet for Irene to indulge in a spot of board-breaking action. © 2013 hippie22
Further north the oft dismissed Georgia was even turning it on in the 17th Street area. © 2013 JackDressel
As for Europe, Hurricane Irene will join with and regenerate as a low pressure system between Canada and Greenland aided by a southerly jet stream. This will send a swell towards Europe which arrives as a 17secs swell for the UK and Irish coast on Thursday.
Unfortunately the same southerly jet stream creating this low pressure systems will pass close to the UK and Ireland creating very windy conditions. Conditions will be much improved in France and Spain with the possibility of a decent Mundaka swell courtesy of what was once Irene.
We'll keep our detailed 5 day hurricane swell models updated here. © 2013 NHC
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