|Category 3 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)|
|Formed||August 21, 2011|
|Dissipatit||August 30, 2011|
(extratropical after August 28)
|Heichest winds||1-meenit susteened: 120 mph (195 km/h) |
|Lawest pressur||942 mbar (hPa); 27.82 inHg|
|Fatalities||49 direct, 7 indirect|
|Damage||$16.6 billion (2011 USD)|
|Areas affected||Lesser Antilles, Greater Antilles, Turks an Caicos, Bahamas, Hispanola, Eastren Unitit States (Landfaws in North Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, an New York), Eastren Canadae|
|Pairt o the 2011 Atlantic hurricane saison|
Hurricane Irene wis a lairge an destructive tropical cyclone, which affectit much o the Caribbean an East Coast o the Unitit States durin late August 2011. Irene is currently ranked as the sevent costliest hurricane in Unitit States history. The nint named storm, first hurricane, an first major hurricane o the 2011 Atlantic hurricane saison, Irene oreeginatit frae a well-defined Atlantic tropical wave that began shawin signs o organisation east o the Lesser Antilles. Due tae development o atmospheric convection an a closed centre o circulation, the seestem wis designatit as Tropical Storm Irene on August 20, 2011. Efter intensifyin, Irene made landfaw in St. Croix as a strang tropical stairm later that day. Early on August 21, the stairm made a seicont landfaw in Puerto Rico. While crossin the island, Irene strengthened intae a Category 1 hurricane. The stairm paralleled affshore o Hispaniola, continued tae slawly intensify in the process. Shortly afore makin fower landfaws in the Bahamas, Irene peaked as a 120 mph (195 km/h) Category 3 hurricane.
Thareefter, the stairm slawly leveled-aff in intensity as it struck the Bahamas an then curved northward efter passin east o Grand Bahama. Continuin tae weaken, Irene wis doungradit tae a Category 1 hurricane afore makin landfaw on the Ooter Banks o North Carolina on August 27, acomin the first hurricane tae mak landfaw in the Unitit States syne Hurricane Ike in 2008. Early on the follaein day, the stairm re-emerged intae the Atlantic frae sootheastren Virginie. Altho Irene remained a hurricane ower land, it weakened tae a tropical stairm while makin yet anither landfaw in the Little Egg Inlet in sootheastren New Jersey on August 28. A few oors later, Irene made its nint an final landfaw in Brooklyn, New York Ceety. Early on August 29, Irene transeetioned intae an extratropical cyclone hittin Vermont/New Hampshire efter remainin inland as a tropical cyclone for less nor 12 oors.
Throughoot its path, Irene caused widespread destruction an at least 56 daiths; Damage estimates throughoot the Unitit States are estimatit near $15.6 billion, which made it the sevent costliest hurricane in Unitit States history, anly behind Hurricane Andrew o 1992, Hurricane Ivan o 2004, Hurricanes Wilma an Katrina o 2005, Hurricane Ike o 2008, an Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In addeetion, monetary losses in the Caribbean an Canadae wur $830 million an $130 million respectively for a tot o nearly $16.6 billion in damage.
References[eedit | eedit soorce]
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- Lixion A. Avila and John Cangialosi (December 14, 2011). "Hurricane Irene Tropical Cyclone Report" (PDF). National Hurricane Center. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- Fieser, Erza (August 25, 2011). "Hurricane Irene barrels toward US as Caribbean islands take stock of damage". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved September 20, 2011. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
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