Hurricane Irene: What Do We Expect?

Hurricane Irene in our region: CBS News reported some expectation

  • 5-10″ of rain possible from Philadelphia eastward to New Jersey, with the amounts closer to 5″ furthest west and the amounts closer to 10″ further east.
  • A 4-6 foot storm surge at the beaches, and a storm surge as high as 5-7 feet throughout the Delaware Bays.
  • Hurricane Force winds (75 mph+) will batter the Jersey Shore and Delaware beaches for a period of 4-6 hours Sunday morning.
  • Tropical Storm Force winds (39 mph+) will be felt in the city and along I-95 for a period of 8-9 hours.
  • There will be a sharp cutoff in the rain west of the city. As of now it looks as though Lancaster, Berks, even western Chester County up through the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos will see around 1″ or less.
  • The weather will begin to deteriorate late Saturday afternoon as bands of showers rotate through the region. Overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning is when the wind really begins to howl and the rain will be pounding. The worst of the storm will be felt between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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