Hurricane Irene: Prepare for a Category 4 ‘major hurricane’

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Hurricane Irene continues to grow in strength and ferocity and is now on track to become a Category 4 hurricane, authorities said. Fueled by warm waters and nothing to slow it down, the hurricane is taking a path that will likely skirt Florida and head straight for the Carolinas, with landfall this weekend.

The National Hurricane Center warns that the storm remains unpredictable and is urging East Coast residents to closely track the first major hurricane of the 2011 season as it heads toward the United States so that they can be prepared for impact.

Given that all of the Southern Fried Science crew and Zelnio live on the NC coast, we will be watching this one carefully.  My house a couple of hours inland in NC appears to the serving as the evacuation spot for the ocean blogger.  The recent tweet below suggest things may get a little crazy during the obligatory hurricane party.

@DrCraigMc so if we have a mandatory evac for #Irene, can we stash the goats in your yard?

That’s how ocean bloggers roll.

UPDATE: Not hurricane related but a 5.8 5.9 earthquake occurred 1:51 pm in Virginia. I felt it in Durham, NC and the Kevin felt it out on the coast.  Reports from twitter is that it was also felt up in Boston.  Hurricanes and earthquakes?! The end times are upon us.


Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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