Forecasters determine Irene was tropical storm, not hurricane over New Jersey

    Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are calling Irene a tropical storm, not a hurricane when it made landfall in New Jersey.

    According to the Associated Press, forecasters reviewed their data and determined Irene had weakened to a tropical storm with winds around 69 mile per hour when it crossed New Jersey’s coast. Forecasters say hurricanes have top winds of at least 74 miles per hour.

    Irene made landfall in New Jersey on August 28, cutting power to thousands of homes and flooding major roads and highways across the state.

    The report was released Friday by the national Hurricane Center.

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