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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene drenching U.S. Atlantic coast

Forecasters say Hurricane Irene is drenching the U.S. mid-Atlantic states on its way to New England.

Irene’s sustained winds on Saturday night are blowing at 80 mph (129 kph) with higher gusts and the storm is moving north-northeast at 16 mph (26 kph). It’s expected to pick up speed.

Hurricane warnings extend north to Nantucket, Massachusetts. A tropical storm warning extends all the way to the south coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.

The National Hurricane Center says Irene will be moving over cooler waters but is still expected to stay a hurricane until landfall again near Long Island, New York, about midday Sunday.

The storm has knocked out power to at least 1.8 million customers from North Carolina to New Jersey.

AP

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