Thursday, August 25, 2011

Good Night (Hurricane) Irene

We are so fortunate that Hurricane Irene's path changed during the week and took her east of Brevard's coastline - she will pass about 200 miles offshore late tonight and tomorrow morning. We're having rain squalls and wind gusts, and I'm sure it will get worse, but all in all, we've dodged another bullet. The photo above is from the NASA web site, with a description as follows:

NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of Hurricane Irene's eye
directly over Crooked Island in the southern Bahamas on August 24, 2011 at 12:15
p.m. EDT.Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response

Seas are forecast to be 10-15 feet just offshore and there will be beach erosion (hopefully not much, what with sea turtle nests all over the place), higher than average tides, and rip currents. I thought you might be interested in a couple of web cams that will show you what a hurricane the size and intensity of Irene (Category 3 right now, and a huge footprint) can do, even a couple of hundred miles away.


Caroline said...

Glad you are ok there!

Vickie said...

Glad FL's coast will miss the worst of it. Hope the erosion isn't too bad and sea turtle nests will be okay.