Hurricane Irene: Prepare Yourself

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The full force of Hurricane Irene was still a day away from the East Coast but heightened waves began hitting North Carolina’s Outer Banks early Friday as the storm continued trudging toward the U.S., where it threatened a region that isn’t used to seeing hurricanes. Swells from Irene and 6 to 9-foot waves were showing up in North Carolina and winds were expected to begin picking up later in the day, said Hal Austin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, the hurricane warning area was expanded and now covered a large chunk of the East Coast from North Carolina to Sandy Hook, N.J., which is south of New York City. A hurricane watch extended even farther north and included Long Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass. For hundreds of miles, as many as 65 million people along the densely populated East Coast warily waited Friday for a dangerous hurricane that has the potential to inflict billions of dollars in damages anywhere within that urban sprawl that arcs from Washington and Baltimore through Philadelphia, New York, Boston and beyond.

Irene weakened slightly Friday, dropping down to a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds near 110 mph (175 kph). But some re-strengthening was possible and the storm was expected to be near the threshold between a Category 2 and 3 storm as it reached North Carolina’s coast, the National Hurricane Center said. Everyone should prepare properly for the storm; if you have any questions regarding the proper insurance and to make sure you are covered contact a Kimberley Vassal Insurance agent today http://www.kimberleyvassal.com!

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