Tropical Storm Irene gained hurricane status overnight ... and is currently battering the island of Puerto Rico.
Haiti and the Dominican Republic are next ... then all eyes turn to the US.
Yesterday I posted three scenarios for a track. It looks like the first scenario is going to be the closest to reality at this point ... with Irene going along the eastern side of Florida.
Now ... does the storm make a direct hit on the Sunshine State? Some models show this is possible somewhere between Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville. Other data shows a close graze ... with landfall in either Georgia or South Carolina.
It's time to really start watching this one closely if you live in the southeast or have travel plans there over the next few days.