Tropical storm strengthens

Tropical Storm Irene revved up again from a tropical depression on Wednesday, and the National Hurricane Center indicated the storm was expected to intensify into a hurricane in the next few days.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | August 11, 2005


Tropical Storm Irene revved up again from a tropical depression on Wednesday, and the National Hurricane Center indicated the storm was expected to intensify into a hurricane in the next few days.

The storm had weakened to a tropical depression Monday but re-strengthened as it moved over warmer waters and churned toward Bermuda.

It was moving closer to the U.S. east cost, and could make landfall anywhere from Georgia to Virginia, though hurricane forecasters cautioned it was too soon to predict its track.

At this time, the storm didnít look as likely to threaten Florida. There is also a chance the storm could sharply turn and not make landfall at all.

Irene had 40-mph winds. It is the earliest ninth named storm in the Atlantic hurricane season in history. On average, there are only two named storms by this date in a normal season.


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