Irene begins to fade out over US/Canada border - NHC

29 August 2011 10:52  [Source: ICIS news]

Irene starts to fade over US/Canada borderLONDON (ICIS)--Irene was downgraded to a post-tropical storm on Sunday night as it weakened over the US/Canada border, the National Hurricane Center said in its final advisory on the weather system.

A tropical storm warning for the east coast of the US was discontinued as maximum sustained wind speeds fell to around 50mph (85kph), the forecasters said, while a warning for Canada is likely to be discontinued on Monday.

The Miami-headquartered weather centre issued its last advisory at 23:00 local time on Sunday (03:00 GMT Monday).

At its height, Irene was a Category Three hurricane carrying 115mph winds, but it weakened as it approached the US eastern seaboard on Friday.

The storm hit North Carolina on Saturday morning with 85mph winds, sending millions fleeing for higher ground, before moving over New York on Sunday where it was downgraded to a tropical storm.

Irene had caused 10 deaths along the US east coast, according to news reports, and had left an estimated 4m people without power.

Some US chemical market sources said they expected it to have a minimal impact on production, but infrastructure issues including power outages and flooding could have more lingering effects.

By: Graeme Paterson
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