Hampton Inn, Chantilly, VA
High of 82
Most of the world now knows Irene is a Category 1 Hurricane,with winds of 80MPH and growing stronger. The good news is that the Gulf coast and Southwest Florida have been taken out of the cone of uncertainty. That doesn't mean there's no chance of danger for us, as these storms can change direction at anytime. But I will say that I'm breathing a sigh of relief for the first time since Saturday. The storm now appears more likely to strike North Carolina than Southwest Florida, where we are. Below are the latest tracking modelsm cone of uncertainty and color radar image.
9PM update: Irene is now at category 2 strength, with sustained winds of 100 MPH.