>> Friday, August 26, 2011
Well by now everybody is aware of the situation across the east coast. Hurricane warnings are in effect for the entire coast of North Carolina. Irene has weakened a bit overnight back to a cat 2 but on the high end of that so there really isn't much difference in terms of the effect of the storm. Tropical storm force winds extend 290 miles out from the center of Irene. Here is the latest GFS model at 1 PM tomorrow.
We continue to see that tight gradient across the state. Winds will range from near 100 mph across the outer banks to a stiff breeze around 25 mph in the western areas. Rainfall will range from 6-10+ inches in the east to mainly dry conditions in the west. For the Triad and surrounding areas maybe a passing shower or storm but that will be about it. Things will be dry Sunday and stay that way for the next several days.