It now looks unlikely that Irene will reattain Category 3 status and will remain an upper Category 2. The path forecast (below) is largely unchanged but you can knock about 5-10 mph off the wind speeds. That is more significant than you might think because wind force is geometric, not linear.
Don’t relax, however, The storm is quite large and still capable of many problems.
The outer rain bands and squalls have already made it to the coasts of eastern South Carolina and North Carolina with power failures already reported. It is all downhill from here.
|AccuWeather radar image of Irene|
So, check the path information below and you have the latest.