The Irene rapidly intensifies that which has already cut adestructive path through the Caribbean is the first hurricane to threaten seriously the United States in nearly three years, an anxiety for some emergency management officials that he hopesthat people have not become complacent hazards.
The predictions by the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miamisaid that Irene was more likely to become a Category 3hurricane Tuesday. On Thursday it roars toward U.S. coast over the warm waters open, it could become a Category 4, NHChurricane specialist John Cangialosi said late Monday.
The winds in that storm may blow from 131 to 155 mph (210-249kph).
The last hurricane to make the landing in the United States wasIke, which has beaten Texas in 2008.
For now, the first hurricane of Atlantic season had maximumsustained winds had earlier Tuesday at around 100 mph (160kph) and was centered about 50 miles (85 kilometers) north-eastof Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.
The storm was moving west-northwest near 12 mph (19 kph) and could eventually land in Florida, Georgia or South Carolina.
Bryan Koon, director of Florida Division of EmergencyManagement, said Monday after a meeting with Gov.. Rick Scott of the two frequently discussed raising awareness since theAtlantic hurricane season began June 1 and is predicted to be active, however.