Hurricane Irene (category one - 85 mph winds) has made landfall on Cape Lookout, North Carolina in the past hour. The center of the storm (the eye) will bring a brief period of calm and relief before the dangerous outer wall slams the battered coast once again.
Irene is far from done.
The hurricane will head quickly back to the Atlantic and maintain her strength until she makes another landfall sometime tonight in New Jersey, or New York, while her outer bands drench the Eastern United States with several inches of rain.
Stay tuned for updates.