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. jj

    I think i would take a hurricane over this heat in phoenix. not really but dam this heat sucks!

    August 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    I'm gonna pray, dance a raindance, make a voodoo doll in the likeness of a hurricane, & do a lil' santeria with a chicken so the hurricane hurries into the gulf of Mexico! We're sweltering here in the Great State-o-Texas & could use some of that"heavy rain" about now! Also, no hurricane party is complete without an actual hurricane, it's like having a bachelorette party without a bride to be! Whether or not some of y'all are trolls, I am a blog chick & my blog tag does suggest heat!! 🙂

    August 22, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fernace

    For all you PETA folk, I'll use a rubber chicken, OK!!

    August 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©


    I hope so, too.
    You and fernace both have had a hell of a sweltering summer!


    Shake that booty, raingirl!
    Have a dirty martini (or beverage of your choice) and get your groove thing one!

    August 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joann

    Hurricane party,or not.I,am grateful,for the rain we had here in Weslaco.As,for God he is neat and AWESOME.You,should try it you,might like it. JoAnn Bartholomew

    August 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. williamsburg

    I like the hurricane because the weather channel will show more of that hot, hot Stephanie Abrams!!

    August 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mr. Rogers

    Awwwww, Irene became a hurricane? She's a big girl now!

    August 23, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. JJ

    There goes that joker again,Mr.Rogers with his tea party lingo. He must be a fan of Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann. He must be an avid supporter of the right-wing thugs in Washington and that obscene war. How disgraceful!

    August 23, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    I'll tell you what gets my goat,jj,Mr.Rogers is an avid follower of the right-wing tea party. He has the nerve to post his mumbo-jumbo and blah blah blah all over these threads. When will it stop!

    August 23, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Good post jj,thank you.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    I for one do not find the antics of Mr. Rogers one bit humorous. His right-wing agenda is destroying this country. He must be stopped!

    August 23, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mr. Rogers

    The problem with this country is the letting up on the illegals,excessive foreign aid,too many social programs,and too many liberals in the White House. No wonder this country is losing power! We need more Anne Coulter mentality in this country. That's for sure.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    The reason why they used 2 name hurricanes after woman They are big blowhards hehehehe

    August 23, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    Come on Mr. Rogers. You know better then that. Go spew your right-wing mumbo-jumbo elsewhere. This is not the forum for such none sense.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    I meant only woman

    August 23, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
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