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Irene sets her sights on the East Coast

Hurricane Irene barreled out of Puerto Rico and moved north of the Dominican Republic into warm tropical waters this morning, where forecasters expect the storm to grow to Category 4 before hitting the mainland U.S. later this week.

Current path projections indicate it will strike the Carolinas late this week, though Florida and Georgia can expect to be affected as well.

WeatherData founder and president Mike Smith will be on Coast to Coast AM from midnight to 1 a.m. tonight to discuss Hurricane Irene. The program airs in Wichita on KNSS, which is at 1240 on your radio tuner.