Hurricane Irene Strengthens to Category 2; Bahamas Under Storm Warning

Categories: Category 5
Good news: South Florida. NOAA keeps moving the "cone of possibility" away from the area (though we aren't safe yet). Bad news: Irene keeps gaining strength.

Last night, the storm strengthened to 100 MPH winds, making it a Category 2 'cane. Irene is currently north of the Dominican Republic, with the Turks and Caicos and parts of the Bahamas under hurricane warning. The islands of Nassau and Grand Bahama are under a watch advisory.

Forecasters are now saying the most likely area of the United States for a direct hit is the Carolinas, with the storm arriving late Saturday or early Sunday.

But don't think you're completely off the hook, South Florida. Thursday could still be a very wet and windy day even if the hurricane doesn't hit land. Some are already taking precautions like Thursday's Identity Festival in downtown Miami which was canceled yesterday.

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