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STORMTRACK 3: Irene finally exits the area; storm eyes the Northeast

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  The eye of Irene is heading up the East Coast now, rapidly exiting North Carolina. This comes after 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 toward the Northeast.

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.

Hurricane Warnings have expired across the area.

After a stormy Friday and Saturday, we’ve got a well-deserved sunny Sunday to look forward to.

HURRICANES 101: Satellite images, tracking maps, preparedness tips

FINAL: VIDEO FORECAST ON IRENE

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