From: "CNN Breaking News"
Date: Aug 26, 2011 3:21:31 PM
Subject: CNN Breaking News
Hurricane Irene continues its churn toward the U.S. East Coast, and all indications are this storm will be, as President Obama said, "historic." Here are some events that weather experts say could develop over the next 48 hours:
-- Irene is bringing gusty winds, heavy rain and dangerous surf to the South Carolina coast today.
-- North Carolina will be pounded by Irene's forces Friday night and Saturday.
-- Irene will head north Sunday, hitting a large swath from Virginia to Maine.
-- Major metro areas of Philadelphia, New York and Boston should brace for possible widespread damage, including major flooding, as Irene hits Sunday.
-- The strongest of Irene's power will be to the east of its center.
-- Widespread power outages are expected over a large section of the Northeast.
-- New York's metro transit system will be shut down at noon Saturday.
-- East Coast travel will be severely disrupted starting tonight. Hundreds of flights and Amtrak train lines have been canceled.