Irene has been downgraded to a tropical storm as the center moves into western Connecticut. The forward speed has increased to 23 mph (twice the speed Irene was yesterday). That's good for us! The track was slightly west of the official National Hurricane Center forecast.
Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph. The storm is transitioning into an extratropical storm (a cold core storm instead of a warm core storm). Although rain will end by mid afternoon, the wind will continue to howl as the storm pulls away. Wind direction will shift out of the northwest. The sun will probably come out before it sets tonight.
There's nothing more beautiful then the day after a hurricane with sinking, dry air and sunny skies.