MIAMI — Forecasters say there is a possibility Irene could move into the Chesapeake Bay as a hurricane by Sunday.
Projections from the National Hurricane Center in Miami show Irene could make landfall on the North Carolina coast, then move toward the north into the Chesapeake Bay area on Sunday.
The updated forecast released Tuesday morning said Irene currently was centered about 70 miles (113 kilometers) south of Grand Turk Island. It was moving west-northwest at 12 mph (19 kph) with maximum sustained winds near 100 mph (161 kph).
However, forecasters caution that predictions made days in advance can be off by hundreds of miles. For instance, some models show Irene could remain offshore along the East Coast.