Hurricane Irene barreling toward East Coast

With 120 mph winds, the intensity of Hurricane Irene was upgraded today to Category 3 as the storm is approaching the Eastern Seaboard. The storm, responsible for one death in Puerto Rico, is now ripping through the Caribbean, leaving behind massive flooding and devastation as it makes its way to the East Coast of the United States. "We are taking this very seriously," says Rockland County Fire Coordinator Gordon Wren. "The governor told us to get ready." The National Weather Service says tropical storm or hurricane-force winds could hit the Hudson Valley hard by Sunday, with possible torrential rain and widespread flooding. Officials say they are bracing for the potential of some very serious weather conditions similar to Hurricane Floyd, which devastated the Hudson Valley in 1999.

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