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8/25/11: Hurricane Irene Watch Issued

*Hurricane Watch issued. Dangerous Hurricane Irene will impact Mid Atlantic this weekend. Prepare now.*  

Areas Affected...  
This local statement provides important information and recommended actions for people in New Jersey...eastern Pennsylvania...Delaware... and the Maryland Eastern Shore. This statement also applies to coastal areas from Sandy Hook, New Jersey to Fenwick Island, Delaware including all of the Delaware Bay.   

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the following locations:  Philadelphia and Delaware counties, all of Delaware, and all of southern New Jersey  

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the following counties:  Chester...Montgomery and Bucks.   

A Flood Watch is in effect for the region. Please listen closely for any flood warnings that might be in effect for your area.  

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the next 48 hours somewhere within the specified areas.  

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 48 hours somewhere within the specified areas.  

Please check the latest public and marine forecasts for detailed Information about additional hazards.  

Storm Information...  
At 6 pm EDT...the center of Hurricane Irene was located near Latitude 27.0n ...longitude 77.3w. This was about 840 miles south of Dover, DE...or about 830 miles south of Cape May, NJ.  Storm Motion was NNW or 335 degrees at 14 mph. Storm intensity was 115 mph.  

Precautionary/preparedness actions...  

Now is the time to initiate preparations according to your hurricane disaster plan specific to your home or business.  

It is important to actively listen for forthcoming information from your local national weather service office and emergency management agency.  

For hurricane updates, refer to the National Hurricane Center at www.nhc.noaa.gov  

For additional updates and weather information refer to the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/phi  

For further information on emergency preparedness, visit www.phila.gov/ready