Irene weakens to Category 1 hurricane

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Irene has lost some of its punch and is now a Category 1 hurricane. But the storm remains likely to regain strength and become a major hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday afternoon that Irene had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (145 kph) as it lashed the Turks and Caicos Islands. Updated projections had the storm moving farther east than before, but models still show Irene could make landfall in North Carolina over the weekend.

Irene's center was 50 miles (80 kilometers) south-southwest of Grand Turk Island. It was moving west-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph).

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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