Millions of residents of the North American East Coast that stand in the path of the hurricane Irene are prepared for the worst. The storm has already crossed the North Carolina coast near Cape Lookout around 7.30 A.M. EDT and is expected to reach New England by Sunday evening.
Even though Irene had weakened to a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson intensity scale, reports concluded it is now one thousand kilometers wide. While President Barack Obama warned the storm could be “extremely dangerous and costly for the nation”, unprecedented emergency measures were taken in New York with thousands of flights canceled, evacuations and public transit shutdowns.
Environment Canada issued a heavy rainfall and wind for the Island of Montreal that is already in effect. The rain will affect a large part of southwestern and Central Quebec Sunday; 50 to 100 millimetres of rain is expected. High northeasterly winds of 60 to 90 km/h will occur in a corridor stretching from Montreal toward the lower St. Lawrence. They will be especially high Sunday afternoon between Quebec and Kamouraska and peak winds could reach 110 km/h at times.