It strikes me that the issue with Irene for the land areas that will be affected is that the width of the storm portends very extended periods for storm surge to build. It's not so much the strength but rather the duration that makes it particularly troublesome for everything from the Eastern Shore up through Cape Cod and Boston.
Watching sat and what was available on Doppler on and off all day, the SW shear became quite apparent this afternoon. Now as the sun sets it appears that the SW shear is diminishing, the overall cyclonic rotation is becoming more symmetrical, and a pinpoint eye is now evident. If it were over open water it would look like restrengthening would be in the cards, but with the NC shore upcoming that would seem unlikely.
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