COLUMBIA — Hurricane Irene hit Cape Lookout, N.C., Saturday just before 7 a.m., according to the Weather Channel. It was a Category 1 hurricane with a maximum wind speed of 85 mph.
As of noon, the eye of the hurricane had moved over Hyde County, N.C., according to AccuWeather.com.
North Carolina’s eastern side has received 5 to 9 inches of rain, and power outages in North Carolina and Virginia have left half a million customers without power, according to AccuWeather.com.
Rain is falling in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The Weather Channel forecasts Hurricane Irene will reach the Chesapeake Bay by Saturday evening and Long Island on Sunday, still as a Category 1 hurricane.
The National Hurricane Center provides updates at 1 a.m., 7 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily.
Here are additional links that provide more information about Hurricane Irene.