Hurricane "Irene", intensified to the third category on Saffir-Simpson scale, was the evacuation of residents of the U.S. state of North Carolina, said on Wednesday the broadcaster ABC.
First began to evacuate Ocracoke Island Rescue Service as the wind, the speed reaches 185 kilometers per hour, is a serious threat to the citizens.
Rescue service also urged other residents of the state to ensure preparedness for a possible evacuation.
"Hurricane Center (National Center for forecasting hurricanes, NHC) reported that the storm will intensify. And people should be prepared for any eventuality, so as not to waste time when you need to act. We know in what direction the cyclone, but do not know exactly where the elements fall on us. So use this time to get ready "- gives the channel to the manager of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Craig Fugate USA (Craig Fugate).
Earlier it was reported that the storm is near the Bahamas and is moving to the northwest at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour.
Wind gusts of hurricane reach 185 kilometers per hour.
The hurricane has swept over Cuba and Puerto Rico. There's elements by the shower, flooding and strong winds caused the fall of trees and gaps in the transmission lines.
On Tuesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American National Hurricane Center reported that at the end of this week, Hurricane Irene and closer to the coast of the United States. According to the head of the center of Bill Reid, "to Hurricane Irene Saturday morning, reaching the third category, close to the coast in the North and South Carolina. As expected, the element will affect the entire east coast, up to the New England states. "
Reid noted that the hurricane may also moved the official opening ceremony of the new memorial to Martin Luther King, completed recently in Washington. The ceremony, which is scheduled for August 28, must attend U.S. President Barack Obama. The seriousness with which meteorologists refer to Irene and the consequences of its passage through the territory of the United States shows a special report about the features of a hurricane, prepared for the President Barack Obama, who is currently on leave.
Tropical storms are named when the speed of an accompanying wind reaches 62 miles per hour. Storm becomes a hurricane when wind speed exceeds 119 kilometers per hour. The second category is a hurricane, if the wind speed increases of up to 150 kilometers per hour. The third category receives a hurricane with winds of 178 kilometers per hour, the fourth — of 210. The fifth category is the wind of 250 kilometers per hour.
Source: RIA Novosti