Irene now a Category One Hurricane

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The official National Hurricane Center track of Hurricane Irene as of early Monday morning, (Photo:myfoxphilly.com).
All eyes remain on Hurricane Irene, which could possibly influence weather conditions over Jamaica between Tuesday, August 23 and Wednesday, August 24.
At 4:00 a.m. on Monday, August 22, the centre of Hurricane Irene was located near Latitude 18.4 degrees north and Longitude 66.4 degrees west or about 40 kilometres west of San Juan, Puerto Rico or 200 kilometres east of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
Irene is moving towards the west northwest near 19 kilometres per hour and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.
On the forecast track, the centre of Irene will move off the north coast of Puerto Rico Monday morning and move near or over the northern coastal regions of the Dominican Republic Monday afternoon and Monday night.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 120 kilometres per hour, with higher gust.
Irene is a category one Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane wind scale.
Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
The Meteorological Service says it will continue to monitor the progress of this system and has advised fishers on the cays and banks to start preparations with a view to evacuate, should it become necessary.                
It says all other interests should pay special attention to subsequent releases as it continues to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irene.

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