Time to start paying attention to the weather - Irene is heading toward Florida
Published: August 22, 2011 at 12:29 PM
Hurricane Irene appears to be the first of the season to target Florida. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting that the storm will sweep north just off the Atlantic coast of the state, arriving due east of Port Canaveral Friday morning. The forecast "cone" of where the storm could show up includes much of the state, however. Cruise lines already are altering their itineraries.
At this point, Irene's not that strong yet, having just achieved hurricane status. If the NHC's forecast holds, Irene's sustained winds will build to over 110 mph by Thursday, and the storm is predicted to hit South Carolina on Saturday morning.
Florida residents, you know the drill by now. But if you're planning a visit to the state's theme parks between now and the weekend, start paying attention to the weather forecasts.