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Hurricane Irene growing on path to US Southeast

AP reports:

Hurricane Irene could be a major storm with winds above 110 mph when it reaches the Southeast U.S. coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned Monday as Puerto Rico cleaned up and the Dominican Republic geared up. Full story.

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A man wades through a flooded street after hurricane Irene hit the area in Naguabo, Puerto Rico, Monday, Aug. 22. Hurricane Irene headed out over warm ocean water on a path that could take it to northeastern Dominican Republic and part of Haiti early Tuesday and to the U.S. mainland by the end of the week.

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Todd Kimberlain a hurricane forcaster studies computer models as he tracks Hurricane Irene at the National Hurricane Center on August 22 in Miami, Florida. Irene is the first Hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season with winds at 80mph currently and may hit the East coast later this week with higher winds projected.