The National Weather Service issued an advisory Wednesday morning that Hurricane Irene could bring severe thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. Showers are expected to start sometime after 2 p.m. Saturday, turning to heavy rainfall Saturday night. There’s a 90 percent chance of precipitation continuing into Sunday, with more heavy rain expected.


Tropical storm conditions are possible for the area this weekend as Hurricane Irene makes its way up the east coast.

The National Weather Service issued an advisory Wednesday morning that Irene could bring severe thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday.

Showers are expected to start sometime after 2 p.m. Saturday, turning to heavy rainfall Saturday night. There’s a 90 percent chance of precipitation continuing into Sunday, with more heavy rain expected.

Irene’s wind speeds were estimated at about 115 m.p.h. Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service, which indicated Irene might rise to a Category 3 hurricane.

Since tides are high, the nearby presence of the storm may cause tidal flooding during high tide, mainly on Sunday, the NWS said.

The hurricane prompted evacuations in North Carolina on Wednesday.