Hurricane Center, Coast Guard Issue Irene Advisory

The National Hurricane Center has issued an Advisory regarding Hurricane Irene. Advisory Number 20, issued at 8:00 a.m. on August 25, 2011, reports that the eye of Irene was located about 670 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Irene is moving toward the northwest at 13 mph. On the forecasted track, the core of Hurricane Irene will move north/northwest today, followed by a turn toward the north early Friday. Irene is expected to affect Southeastern New England this weekend.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 115 mph with higher gusts. Irene is a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (sustained winds 111-130 mph). The scale describes a Category 3 hurricane as one that may cause devastating damage, with a high risk of injury or death.

This is a potentially dangerous storm; all vessels and facilities should continue to monitor NOAA or other weather forecasts for changing weather conditions.

Mariners in southeastern New England should closely monitor the progress of Irene during the next 48 to 72 hours.

The Coast Guard will continue to monitor Hurricane IRENE and, if necessary, may implement preventative measures to ensure the safety of mariners, vessels, and waterfront facilities. Possible preventative measures include, but are not limited to, terminating lightering or transfer operations, rescinding permits for marine events, and directing vessel arrivals/departures to/from port.

This is a potentially dangerous storm; all vessels and facilities should continue to monitor NOAA or other weather forecasts for changing weather conditions. Facility managers should review their operation manuals and/or heavy weather plans to ensure that weather parameters are followed and transfer operations are adjusted accordingly.

As always, any vessel casualties, pollution, or any incidents that may affect the navigable waterways of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, including all of Cape Cod and the Islands, should be reported to Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England command center via VHF channels 16 or 22, or via phone at (508-457-3211).

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