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Irene induces rain over JA

05:42am | Fri, August 26, 2011

A trough induced by Hurricane Irene across the central Caribbean is bringing rain to most of the country.

The National Meteorological Service says the trough should linger over the western Caribbean until Saturday, August 26.

A High Pressure Ridge should then build across the region. 

The Meteorological Service says most of the country will experience scattered showers and thunderstorms into Friday night, August 26.

Meanwhile Hurricane Irene has weakened slightly but is still threatening the US east coast.

At 4:00 a.m. on Friday, the centre of Hurricane Irene was located about 675 kilometres south southwest of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, moving toward the north about 22 kilometres per hour.

This motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours.

A gradual turn toward the north-northeast should begin thereafter.

On the forecast track the core of the Hurricane will pass well off the coast of northeastern Florida today with maximum sustained winds near 175 kilometres an hour with higher gusts.

Irene is now a category two hurricane but could re-intensify on Friday.