Message: Hurricane Irene a Category 3 Hurricane continues to impact the Bahamas. Turks and Caicos warnings downgraded to Tropical Storm Warnings

The Bahamas continues to experience Hurricane conditions as Hurricane Irene moves across the archipelago.  At 5.00 p.m. today, the centre of Hurricane Irene was located near latitude 23.1 north and longitude 74.7 west, and is about 30 miles east south east of long Island and about 215 km south east of Nassau.   Hurricane force winds extend up to 60 miles from the centre and tropical storm winds extend outward to 230 miles.

Message: Hurricane Irene a Category 1 storm is impacting the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Hurricane warnings are in effect for southeastern, central and northwestern Bahamas
Hurricane Irene has begun to impact the Turks and Caicos Islands. At 5.00 p.m EST Hurricane Irene, now a Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale was located near latitude 20.9 north and longitude 71.5 west with maximum sustained winds near 90mph (150 km/h) with higher gusts.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL is advising that a tropical wave accompanied by a well-defined low pressure system is located about 1150 miles East-South-east of the Lesser Antilles as of 2:00 p.m. July 29, 2011. This disturbance continues to show signs of organization and environmental conditions are favorable for development during the next few days as the system moves west-northwest at about 15 to 20 mph.

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