Hurricane Irene strengthens: red alert declared

23 August 2011

There are fears the move from level 2 to Category 3

MIAMI – By Thursday, the southern United States could be reached by the first hurricane of the season. This is Irene, as has already been renamed, threatening Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and for which it was declared a red alert: it has been reclassified, in fact, a category 2. 
The hurricane, which has formed in the Caribbean on Saturday, was last night at 210 km east of Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) with winds of nearly 160 mph. According to the concerns manifested by the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC), headquartered in Miami, Hurricane Irene could become stronger and reach Category 3, or even greater, as early as today. 
“In the next 48 hours is expected to strengthening, and Irene could become a hurricane, “according to the forecasts, Irene could come tonight, already close to the Cuba hurricanes Alert was issued yesterday in the area of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and also fears that the storm could arrive in South Florida at the end of the week. 
Meanwhile, the warning shot in the Dominican Republic also covers the border area with Haiti, to the south of Cabo Frances Viejo located on the north coast. A simple warning to a tropical storm concerns the U.S. Virgin Islands, Haiti, and some other surrounding islands. In the event that Irene should turn into a hurricane could cause considerable damage and could also give a blow to tourism, which in this period has a happy moment.