This NOAA GOES-East satellite infrared image was taken on August 24, 2011 at 1315z. Throughout the day, Irene is predicted to strengthen, with winds of around 125 mph as it continues its projected path along the US coastline. Hurricane Irene intensified to category three status on August 24, 2011 as it bore down on the Bahamas on a path that will likely see it slam into the US mainland by week's end, US forecasters said. At 1200 GMT, Irene was packing winds of 185 kilometers (110 miles) per hour and was located about 85 kilometers (55 miles) southeast of Acklins Island, Bahamas, where authorities braced for its imminent arrival, the National Hurricane Center said.
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