The US coastal scene has witnessed the last few years of idle hurricane activity as the last one to hit the coast was Hurricane Ike in 2008. But 2011 is promising another picture altogether as Hurricane Irene plans to take a toll by approaching the coastline of USA.
Though Hurricane Irene has dipped to a Category 1 hurricane, it is expected to strengthen as it approaches the coast. Already, Hurricane Irene has left strings of destruction on the Caribbean before catching up with the US.
Forecasters have warned the Hurricane possible could outgrow to a Category 4 storm with winds of more than 70 knots as it hits the US coasts this weekend. On Tuesday, the hurricane is expected to gather power to become a Category 3 storm.
On Sunday morning, it is possible that the Hurricane could move into the Chesapeake Bay, but as it still days away from the US, authorities on the East Coast are also taking preventive measures such as evacuation orders by 5:00 pm Wednesday on the Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. Irene will mostly make landfall on North Carolina as a Category 3 or 4 storm this weekend.
BoatUS (Boat Owners Association of The United States) are helping the boaters from the region to take adequate steps to prepare for the hurricane on its website http://www.boatus.com/Hurricanes/
The site will provide all information necessary to pre-plan for a hurricane including preparing marinas and boats for the hurricane and the checklists before and after the storm.
It also offers plans, tracking tools and live satellite images to keep boaters updated on the current progress of the hurricane.
Boaters should check their insurance policy, buy a new one or renew the existing one to remain on the safe side.
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