As their projection estimate the brunt of Hurricane Irene will miss coastal Georgia, federal officials are warning that the first hurricane to seriously threaten the U.S. in three years could cause flooding and other impacts across the East Coast.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate said in a conference call with reporters this morning that people along the entire Eastern Seaboard need to pay attention to Irene. Fugate says that hurricanes are not only a "Southern thing" and that Irene could affect the Mid-Atlantic and northeast coast.
National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read said that while current projections take Irene's route east of Florida and Georgia, the storm could grow into a category 3 or 4 and we are likely to feel some of its effects.
Current tracks have Irene making landfall in North Carolina, though such projections are less reliable several days in advance.