Friday, August 26, 2011
Hurricane Irene lashing NC
Irene approaching the Carolina coast tonight. This Environment Canada radar image gives you a good idea of the distance between Montreal, Quebec and the storm center.
Locally a flash flood watch is now in effect for all of Vermont and northern New York. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the southern tier of New York, the Hudson Valley and New Hampshire. Rainfall of 1-3 inches is possible from the St. Lawrence Valley east to Lake Champlain with 3-7 inches in Vermont. Flash flooding is expected in Vermont. High wind watches are also in effect. Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Burlington are expecting winds in excess of 35 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph in the Champlain Valley and across the spine of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. In southern Quebec and more specifically Montreal, heavy rain will begin Sunday and continue much of the day and into the evening. Amounts will likely be in excess of 25mm here as we remain just on the western edge of the rain shield and much more south and east of the city. Winds will increase late Saturday night from the northeast and gust 30-50km/h overnight and stronger on Sunday.