Hurricane Irene Updates and Preparedness

The Weather Channel reports Hurricane Irene, the first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, now has its sights set on the Bahamas and the U.S. East Coast. Irene is forecast to strengthen into a major hurricane by early Wednesday as it passes over the Bahamas.

Storm Team 8 Tampa Bay reports that the more time passes, the less threat the rapidly strengthening Hurricane Irene appears to be to the Tampa Bay area. Irene grew into a Category 2 hurricane late Monday and the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said it might continue to increase in strength. 

For our Tampa Bay area residents,  it's never to late to prepare for severe storms, as the forecast has been known to change in the past. has plenty of resources to assist you in both pre- and post- hurricane situations -- for you, your family, your business, and your pets. 

If you live near the path of a storm, recommends that you:

Find more information about how to prepare for a hurricane.

Don't let a disaster catch you by surprise -- Be prepared !


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