Right now Henry Margusity from Accuweather thinks Irene will be a disaster for the eastern seaboard of the U.S.

There is no trough in the mid-US to move the hurricane and it has the potential to move up the shore very slowly – like 10-12 miles per hour, meaning about 24 hours of rain in many places.

“This is really bad. This is as bad as you can get with a hurricane coming up the eastern seaboard.”

He said this is about the worst it could be. Probably a borderline category 3-4 hurricane when it hits North Carolina.

He said get out of the outter banks of North Carolina, and get out of the shore areas, including the Jersey shore. Beaches will be overflowed, flash flooding, >6 inches of rain, high tides, winds maybe up to 100 mph.

Here in Nova Scotia, we’ll likely be on the wind side of the hurricane (west side gets more rain, east gets more wind). But it is looking like New Brunswick and Quebec will be getting this one (but lots can happen before Monday!)

See his Thursday morning video update