STORMTRACK 3 OFFICIAL FORECAST: Irene’s rain/wind are slow to relent, even though the eye heads north
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The eye of Irene is well to the north of us, but high wind and heavy rain stubbornly stuck around our region well into Saturday evening. The storm made landfall at Cape Lookout around 8:00 Saturday morning as a Category 1 storm and continues to move to the north and east up the coast.
Conditions slowly but surely improved as we moved through Saturday afternoon, with high winds and heavy rain eventually relaxing. Earlier Saturday, winds over 70 mph battered the coast at times – near hurricane force conditions.
Widespread power outages were reported as a result of the high winds. The heavy rains led to localized flooding in many communities as well.
A Hurricane Warning is still in effect for most of coastal North Carolina, including Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, and Duplin Counties within the WWAY viewing area – with these winds most likely at the beaches themselves.
After a stormy Friday and Saturday, we’ve got a well-deserved sunny Sunday to look forward to.
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