Hurricane Irene made landfall at approximately 7:30 am EDT near Cape Lookout, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (Category 1). These two NOAA GOES-13 satellite images capture Irene’s landfall moment. The first uses the visible sensor; the second is colorized infrared imagery. Hurricane warnings are in effect for much of the U.S. coast from North Carolina to Maine, as the latest National Hurricane Center’s projected path has it skirting the coast over the next 24 hours, possibly heading inland along Long Island, NY.
Homes near the cliffs of Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County have been ordered evacuated on Saturday.
The County Commissioners ordered the mandatory evacuation for any residents that live within 100 feet of the cliffs.
Authorities also advise anyone who lives in low-lying areas to secure their properties and move to higher ground.
Evacuation shelters will be opened at several locations Saturday at noon:
Southern Middle School, at 9615 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby
Calvert High School, at 520 Fox Run Boulevard, Prince Frederick
Huntingtown High School, 4215 N. Solomons Island Road, Huntington