Hurricane Irene Could Bring 90 mph Winds this Weekend

Connecticut residents could begin seeing the storm's impact late Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds associated with Hurricane Irene, which on Thursday morning was near the Florida Keys, were 115 miles per hour as of 8 a.m., putting the storm's status at a Category 3 hurricane.

Based on the National Hurricane Center’s estimated track, Irene is expected to be just off the North Carolina coast by 2 a.m. Sunday with estimated winds at that time around 105 miles per hour.

Recent models are suggesting that Irene will take a slightly more westward track, and graze the North Carolina coast. What this means for us is a slightly weaker hurricane by the time it comes up toward Connecticut (the more land Irene goes over, the weaker she will be).

However, at this time, estimated maximum wind speeds for the state this weekend are still forecast to be between 70 and 90 miles per hour.

As for the timing of this event, rain and winds will begin to be felt Saturday night. Sunday looks to be the main brunt of this storm system.

Even as Irene weakens upon her approach here, this is a very dangerous storm. Emergency response agencies are encouraging residents to do what they can now to stock up and prepare for this hurricane.

Information on how to prepare a disaster supply kit can be found here. 

Patch will continue to provide up-to-the-minute updates on Irene throughout the next few days.

Kiki enders August 25, 2011 at 02:39 PM
hurricane irene is nohting to take lightly. as a miford family of 16 we have come to the island of turks and caicos to experience paradise at the beaches resort. what has been a family tradition for now 4 years, and was planned to be our best and last, has turned into a challenge. Irene, who is not part of our family, decided to join in our fun and has made a big mess of it. Whoever thought it was ok for her to join us and sit over our resort with devastating wind and rain got it wrong. on wed we woke up to a category 3 and destruction throughout our resort. we were the only resort on the island with power, due to a generator. that was something to be thankful for. three of the several restaurants remained open with minimal food served in boxes or plastic plates. staff could not make it in due to this uninvited guest because she has flooded their streets and robbed them of power. i can only imagine what the mainland looks like but we are not privelaged enough to see that on the news. i hope they are all safe and today, thursday, we look forward to their safe return. the scent of pina coladas and sea air has changed to an odor that i cannot pinpoint. lets just say it isnt pretty. well for my mother in law and father in law who feel they want to create memories for their family. they have done so for many years but this one takes the cake. sorry rich and liz for such an expensive mess. as we look forward to better days lets hope we make it to CT without this uninvited guest
Michele Del Franco August 25, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Well that is a sad story and not such a great vacation memory for sure. But thankfully you all are alive and well. Hopefully there will be a time in the future for you and your family to build another vacation tradition. Good Luck
Stan Wojnilo August 25, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Latest East Haven Weather Forecast: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=East+Haven&state=CT&site=OKX&lat=41.2956&lon=-72.8631
Stan Wojnilo August 25, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Storm Surge Threat: http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/article.html
maria vodola August 25, 2011 at 06:10 PM
Can you believe a local Milford Restaurant will not let someone cancel a $1600 shower for Sunday. They are saying we have a generator and we will be here and you have a contract. What about the safety of the guests...many will try to come because they know how much the family spent and because they love the bride and groom and this restaurant is putting them in danger. If the guests done't come then it ruins a young brides dream. Real nice! They were not even backing out they just wanted to change the date. I won't be going there again.
OldManTeenager August 25, 2011 at 06:25 PM
What restaurant?
Jan August 26, 2011 at 01:43 AM
Yes, what restaurant has the nerve to do that? I'd love to know. Or give us a hint.
Ann Della Camera August 26, 2011 at 03:30 AM
What restaurant, I think many of us would really like to how any business could be so heartless
Gary Peebles August 26, 2011 at 12:35 PM
That restaurant is being so cold. They are only thinking of themselves with the money they are making and not thinking of the safety of the guests. Please let us know what restaurant this is. Generater be damned,loss of power is not the major problem the danger will be trying to get there if a lot of trees come down making driving impossible.
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 26, 2011 at 01:11 PM
Ms Vodola, How can we help if we don't know the restaurant to send emails to. This may save many others the grief of one of our resident families.
Scott Harris August 26, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Please, everyone be safe this weekend! www.scottharrisjr.com
Roman Petrillo August 26, 2011 at 05:03 PM
To Maria Viola: what is the name of this restaurant? What bad business not letting them change the date under these circumstances! CREEPS!
Roman Petrillo August 26, 2011 at 05:07 PM
SORRY, MARIA VADOLA. Miss spelled due to auto correct on my phone,lol.


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