Haiti is forecast to be hit by Hurricane Irene this Tuesday
HaitiAction.net - Port au Prince, Haiti —0100 AST — It is very likely that Haiti will not be spared from the first major hurricane to hit the country since the deadly 2008 Atlantic Hurricane season. It is possible that IRENE — currently at Tropical Storm intensity could reach Hurricane Category Two intensity when it is forecast to hit the region near Barahona Tuesday afternoon. Like Tropical Storm Emily, the high mountains of the Dominican Republic and Haiti should weaken the hurricane somewhat, but this time most computer models show IRENE maintaining Tropical Storm intensity and not dissipating significantly over the island.
Currently the storm's forward motion is rather quick but is expected to slow once it passes the Windward Islands into the Caribbean Sea. Even though the forecast is for IRENE to keep moving westward at 270º, the forecast track should show IRENE gradually curving more to the north and missing Haiti entirely if the center passes over Anguilla with a 300º heading later today. None of the computer models show this track. The National Hurricane Center in Miami (NHC) states that "hurricane conditions could occur in the Dominican Republic late on Monday."
IRENE is the ninth named storm of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season being the third most active year on record behind the 2008 and 1936 seasons. The Republic of Haiti has issued an Orange Alert for this storm.
HaitiAction.net will be tracking the progress of this storm. For the latest official updates, go to the Centre National de Météorologie (CNM) web page Many forecast and tracking resources can be found on the Tropical Cyclone page at HaitiAction.net