Albeit slightly weakened, Hurricane Irene now a Category 2 storm is nevertheless making its way toward the East Coast of the United States
Winds of 110 knots are promising wet and windy weekend weather for superyacht Captains in the middle of the New England summer charter season.
Irene is expected pass well off the coast of north east Florida today and approach the coast of North Carolina tonight, and could cross the Mid-Atlantic coast on Saturday night.
Many residents were expected to evaluate North Carolina in advance of the storm. In Delaware there is a mandatory evacuation of non-residents in coastal areas and residents are being strongly urged leave beach communities to do so as soon as possible.
Up and down the entire US east coast, marina staff working overtime taking boats out of the water.
Potential damage from the storm could be in the billions, some experts say.