Hurricane Irene (2005)

Category 2 Atlantic hurricane in 2005

Hurricane Irene was an Atlantic hurricane that formed in the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm formed near the Cape Verde Islands on August 4. It moved across the Atlantic Ocean, and it turned northward around Bermuda. The storm lost its name as a tropical cyclone to the southeast of Newfoundland. Irene lasted for 14 days as a tropical system. That is the longest time of any storm of the 2005 season.

Hurricane Irene
Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Irene on August 15, 3 days before dissipating
FormedAugust 4, 2005
DissipatedAugust 18, 2005
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 105 mph (165 km/h)
Lowest pressure970 mbar (hPa); 28.64 inHg
Areas affectedEast Coast of the United States
Part of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season

Irene was a hard storm to forecast. The storm almost died out on August 10, but it gained back its strength. Irene reached Category 2 hurricane strength on August 16. Because the storm stayed far away from land, no tropical cyclone warnings were declared. Also, Irene did not cause any bad damage.[1] However, it caused strong waves along the East Coast of the United States. Because of the waves from Irene, a 16-year-old boy drowned after being caught in a rip current near Long Beach, New York.[2] Lifeguards at one beach made over 100 rescues.[3] The name "Irene" was used again in 2011.



  1. National Hurricane Center. "Tropical Cyclone Report: Hurricane Irene" (PDF). NOAA. Retrieved April 24, 2006.
  2. "NCDC Event Report: New York Rip Current". National Climatic Data Center. 2005. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2009.
  3. "Hurricane Irene Affecting Jersey Shore". 6ABC. Associated Press. August 16, 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-09-02. Retrieved 2006-05-10.

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