“The category of the storm does not tell the whole story,” FEMA Director, Craig Fugate, reminds folks. Major concerns surrounding Irene are not in intensity nor organization -- they are flooding, storm surges, and heavy downpours.
As Irene heads right for NYC, street level waters rise, and areas of the heavily populated city become unrecognizable under a sea of flood water. Still categorized as a Category 1 Hurricane, Irene is carving a path of destruction up the coast, and authorities are having some of their worst fears confirmed.
The storm's landfall is expected midday in NYC Sunday. Reports from yesterday recorded anywhere from 12-24'' of rain in areas of North Carolina, and an estimated 10'' in Delaware. Irene is still pulling significant moisture from the ocean, so similar rain levels can be expected in the New Englad states for the second half of the weekend.