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The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center expects Irene to target the Southeast coast as a strengthening hurricane after emerging from the Bahamas on Thursday. The coastal communities at risk to serve as Irene’s landfall point later this week lie from Miami, Fla., to Morehead City, N.C.

North Carolina Department of Transportation evacuation routes “A look at [latest computer model] track forecasts suggest a higher chance of Irene tracking along or just off the coast of eastern Florida and making landfall along the Carolina coast,” stated AccuWeather.com Hurricane and Tropical Weather Expert Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski. Such a scenario would give Irene time to strengthen into a major hurricane and become an even greater danger to lives and property at landfall.

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