Hurricane Irene, which is currently bearing down on the Eats Coast could reach the Southern Tier by the end of the weekend.

Hurricane Irene, which is currently bearing down on the Eats Coast could reach the Southern Tier by the end of the weekend.


WETM Channel 18 News meteorologist Tom Esterguard said the current path of Irene could bring it to the Southern Tier of New York as early as Sunday night.


“Irene is projected to make landfall as a major hurricane, Category 3 orhigher, into North Carolina Saturday afternoon,” Esterguard said. “After that, it looks like it makes a due north track. We would be in path of that Sunday night into Monday.”


Esterguard said the most likely path of the hurricane would take Irene along the Atlantic coastline. He said that if this is the case, Irene


could still be a Category 1 or 2 storm by the time it reaches New York.


He said it’s also possible for Hurricane Irene to take a more inland path. If this occurs, Esterguard said the storm would weaken significantly by the time it reaches New York.


Irene has the potential to bring both wind and rain to the Southern Tier.


Esterguard said that the longer the hurricane stays over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean, the more rain it could dump in the area.


Esterguard said this could be a blessing in disguise.


“We’re still considered to be in a moderate drought for the Twin


Tiers,” Esterguard said. “But the good news is the rain we have been seeing the last couple weeks has really helped us out. A lot of the areas in western New York and Pennsylvania are under abnormally dry conditions, rather than drought status. (The rain from Hurricane Irene) could benefit us a little more.”