Hurricane Center: Irene bearing down on NC coast

By the Associated Press | August 27, 2011 | 2:10 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Hurricane Irene's center is continuing to move north-northeastward, bearing down on the coast of North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center said at 2 a.m. EDT Saturday that the enormous storm was moving at 13 mph (20 kph) and the center was about 85 miles south of Cape Lookout, N.C. as the storm lumbered north-northeastward.

Maximum sustained winds are howling at 100 mph (160 kph), still a Category 2 hurricane.