Here is a NOAA experimental wind field forecast for Irene at 11am Eastern this morning and again at 6pm this evening. Keep in mind the wind field forecasts are in knots, so 80 knots = 92 mph.
|NOAA forecast, 11am Eastern. Note the relatively calm winds
around the eye.
|Late afternoon wind forecast.|
Use this as a general guide for timing. There will be localized stronger winds and, of course, this does not forecast the location of tornadoes.