Hurricane Irene was back to a Category 2 storm Wednesday, gaining strength as experts warn it poses a major threat to the U.S. Eastern seaboard from Florida to New England.
Forecasters watching it churn through the Caribbean predicted the first hurricane of the Atlantic storm season could potentially grow into a massive Category 4 storm, packing winds of up to 131 mph, before making landfall on our shores.
It is unclear where Irene will hit the Eastern seaboard the hardest, but current models have it steaming straight into North Carolina's Ocracoke Island.
It is the first hurricane to seriously threaten the U.S. since Ike slammed into Texas in 2008.
A man wades through a flooded street after hurricane Irene hit the area in Naguabo, Puerto Rico. (Ricardo Arduengo/AP)
Emergency officials along the East Coast were closely tracking Irene's progress as it neared the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos with winds of 90 mph.
Irene has carved out a destructive path across the Caribbean, first striking Puerto Rico with 10 inches of torrential rain and dangerous winds.
Trees were ripped from the ground, flooding was a major problem and more than a million people were without power on the island - leading President Obama to declare an emergency to make the island eligible for federal help.
Experts warned the exact path the hurricane would take was unclear, and early predictions could prove to be off by hundreds of miles.
"The biggest uncertainty is timing and degree of [the storm] turning to the north and northeast," Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, told reporters during a conference call.
Still, residents in areas that could be affected were being urged to take precautions. In many Eastern states, people were stocking up on bottled water, plywood and other essential storm-fighting supplies.
Losses from Irene in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas may total $2.2 billion and cost insurers $1.2 billion, according to Kinetic Analysis Corp., a risk-modeling company in Silver Spring, Md., Bloomberg News reported.
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