August 22nd, 2011
08:40 AM ET

Irene hits Puerto Rico, becomes a hurricane

Irene strengthened into the first hurricane of 2011 early Monday, dumping heavy rain on Puerto Rico as it moved towards the Dominican Republic and Haiti, with Florida a distant potential target.

The storm was forecast to drop up to 10 inches of rain on much of the Caribbean, from Puerto Rico to the Turks and Caicos. In some areas, the National Hurricane Center said, 20 inches of rain could fall.

As of 7 a.m. Monday, the storm and its 75 mph sustained winds were located north of Puerto Rico, moving northwest at about 14 mph. It was expected to reach the Dominican Republic on Monday afternoon.

A hurricane warning was in effect for parts of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the central Bahamas. Tropical storm warnings were up for the U.S and British Virgin Islands, the south coast of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the southeastern Bahamas.

The storm could cause dangerous flash floods and mudslides in the mountainous terrain of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the Hurricane Center warned.

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  1. gung hoe

    Sorry folks,I didn't post at 7:20. Some clown is trolling me. Come on you joker,it isn't funny. Use your own name will ya?

    August 23, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sheryl

    I went to Oxford. I fell that both sides of the fence have valid points.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Ok this is a first thats not me at 7 22 comeon little kids go outside and play

    August 23, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    I went to Harvard Sheryl. The I did my post undergraduate at Oxford where I then earned my P.H.D. In political science. So what?

    August 23, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    This is the real one banasy you know how i got my name and what people get mad at me 4

    August 23, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Ok. I'm calling in sick today. I'm feeling lazy. Gonna go back to sleep gung hoe-bye

    August 23, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    I thought if i got here early you little kids would be still in bed dreamIng about pee wee herman

    August 23, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. gung hoe

    Hey sheyl i agree i have 2 or id be in divorce court

    August 23, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |

      Hey there,I don't know that you remember me, but I found this quite by adcecint, I just purchased the book by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, and saw your pictures Good for you! Well I just wanted to say hello and see what you were up to but I suppose that now I know!Take Care,Henri Oftana

      April 22, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. gung hoe

    As for the hurricane hope my TIGERS get outta there b4 it hits

    August 23, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    I hope them teeny boppers decided to back to bed and stop playing on mommy and daddys computer

    August 23, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
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