New York City, Long Island, Atlantic City and Virginia Beach were among the areas now near the center of Irene's forecast path, along with even more areas of North Carolina, where Irene is expected to make a first landfall on Saturday.
The forecast, updated by the hurricane center at 11 a.m. ET, shows the "cone" covering areas where 55 million people live.
Irene's wind weakened to 115 mph from 125 mph overnight, but it remains a powerful hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend 70 miles out from its center, while tropical-storm force winds extend 290 miles.
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Reported by the AG-ER Team