The National Hurricane Center shifted Irene’s path eastward Wednesday, moving Georgia out of what’s called the “cone of uncertainty.” Irene now looks to be headed to the Carolinas or perhaps farther north. Officials said the state likely will get some rain, high winds and rough surf as the storm passes.
Hurricane Irene increased in size and is now exhibiting winds of 115 mph. Located about 285 miles southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas, Hurricane Irene is moving towards the northwest and is expected to make landfall within the U.S. on Saturday morning.
Forecasters are predicting Hurricane Irene will reach the southern coast this weekend. Although Georgia officials are keeping close watch, they say it’s unlikely the state’s coast will get a direct hit.