TRMM sees Irene Approaching The Carolinas Coast

TRMM image of Irene approaching the Carolinas

The TRMM satellite saw hurricane Irene again on 26 August 2011 at 2023 UTC (4:23 PM EDT) when winds had weakened to about 85 kts (~98mph). This TRMM pass showed no clear eye but bands of heavy rainfall north of the center. Irene was predicted by the NHC to weaken a little more before coming ashore in North Carolina.

See the 26 August 2011 2023 UTC image in Google Earth (kml).