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Image description: The National Hurricane Center has updated the expected path of Hurricane Irene. Hurricane conditions could reach the Carolinas on Saturday before the storm travels up the rest of the East Coast.
If you are in the path of the storm, take these steps to prepare for the hurricane.

Image description: The National Hurricane Center has updated the expected path of Hurricane Irene. Hurricane conditions could reach the Carolinas on Saturday before the storm travels up the rest of the East Coast.

If you are in the path of the storm, take these steps to prepare for the hurricane.

Today at 4:05 p.m., the Space Station will fly over Hurricane Irene. Watch live views on NASA TV.

Hurricane Irene Heads Toward Florida

Hurricane Irene is expected to head toward Florida and the southeast coast of the U.S. by the weekend.

Hurricane Irene is expected to head toward Florida and the southeast coast of the U.S. by the weekend.

Hurricane Irene has moved away from Puerto Rico. It is predicted to pass just north of Hispaniola and reach the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas on Tuesday.

The storm is expected to gain strength and may threaten Florida and the southeast coast of the United States by the weekend.

If you live near the path of the storm, Ready.gov recommends that you:

Find more information about how to prepare for a hurricane.