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Special Coverage: to track Hurricane Irene will this weekend have special coverage of Hurricane Irene as it roars towards the entire eastern coastline of the United States.

The storm is expected to make landfall overnight Saturday/early Sunday NZT around North Carolina and will provide regular updates on our website as it comes ashore, along with the latest live and free animated rain radars and other maps.

Irene may still be a monster Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of around 185km/h at landfall, hitting a low lying and long stretch of land which has a similar landscape to Bay of Plenty here in New Zealand – a low lying and flat region with hills in the distance and major centres built on or near sandspits/beach fronts.

The storm is expected to hit New York and Washington DC by Sunday or Monday NZT then into Boston and further north towards Canada. will work with our friends at CNN and The Weather Channel to bring you the latest reports. 

Coverage of Irene will not affect our usual New Zealand stories.

– Homepage image, 12 noon Saturday – prediction by





Blair on 26/08/2011 9:37am

Adding to Hurricane Irene, there is also a Super Typhoon just off the Philippines main island of Luzon (supposed to start tracking towards Taiwan), and another Tropical storm gettings it’s act together to the east of that…

Guest on 24/08/2011 9:13am

HI Phil

Sorry to be a bother but just wondering – what is the difference in intensity between say a Category 3 Hurricane and a Category 3 Cyclone.  Was Yasi worse than Irene?



weather-nut on 24/08/2011 8:54pm

This scale might help:

Yasi had max 10-minute sustained winds of 205 km/h (110 kts), max gusts to 285 km/h (155 kts) and lowest pressure of 929 hPa. So although a Cat. 5 on the Australian Scale, it was just shy of Cat. 5 on US Scale. 

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