And many are quickly answering: "Yes!"
Dr. Simon Atkins is CEO of Advanced Forecasting Corporation. Here's just part of what he has to say:
The demise of Irene has already begun. There is no visible eye. The storm intensity is down to 99 mph. This would be a low-end category 2 or a strong category 1 storm, while 36 hours ago some predicted a catastrophic category 4 storm. . . . Irene's eyewall has collapsed, and the central pressure has risen -- rising pressure means a weakening storm. The reduction in storm intensity likely confirms that this storm is not going to be as monstrous as it has been publicly forecast to be.Click here to read more of what Dr. Atkins has to say.
Yes, it will be windy. However, north of Delaware most hurricane force winds will very likely be gusts, not sustained winds.