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Published August 24, 2011, 12:00 AM

Satellite Image Shows Hurricane Irene

This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Irene, a category 2 storm with winds up to 100 mph and located about 400 miles southeast of Nassau. The storm is expected to persist northwestward, over the Bahamas, remaining east of Florida, and heads towards the Carolina coast. US landfall is likely on Saturday as a category 3 storm over the Carolinas. Meanwhile, a frontal boundary moving through the Great Lakes and Midwest kick up a few more scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of these storms turn severe with strong winds and hail. Hot temperatures return to the Plains as a ridge builds in behind this trough. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

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