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Although Hurricane Irene has already passed us by, we’re still being effected by the tail end of the system. All day it’s been cloudy, windy and squally and a satellite photo of Irene shows St. John and the rest of the Virgin islands well within the cloud cover associated with the hurricane.

Irene didn’t due much damage here, but I understand that St. Croix, where the eye of Irene passed over, had some problems.

In the BVI, Sir Richard Branson’s home on Necker Island was destroyed by a lightning strike. Kate Winslow, who was a guest on the island, reacted swiftly to carry Branson’s 90-year-old mother to safety. See Sir Richard Branson’s blog.

Irene has become an extremely dangerous storm and is forecast to pass through the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas before impacting the US mainland.

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