So, depending on who you listen to, New York is awaiting Armageddon or we’re just getting a little storm. Right now Hurricane Irene is a Category 3 storm and it looks like it’s headed straight up the East Coast to New York and New England. If you’re looking for information on Irene firsthand, you can track the storm yourself online and go straight to the source: the National Hurricane Center/ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
This is the agency that is monitoring the storm and handing out the information most news organizations are reporting. As of 2 p.m. eastern time on August 25, the National Hurricane Center says Irene is currently located near Abaco Island in the Bahamas and is currently moving at a speed of 15 mph.
The following advisories have been issued:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the central and northwestern Bahamas. A Hurricane Watch (meaning hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours) is in effect for north of Surf City, North Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia Border including the Pamlico, Albemarle and Currituck Sounds.