Hurricane Irene, having strengthened to a Major Hurricane, is making her way through The Bahamas today. With maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour, the large Category Three storm is running the length of The Bahamas, and virtually every one of the nations 3,077 islands, cays, and islets will be affected.
Residents on New Providence, where Nassau is located, have been boarding up, and shelters have been opened. A bit farther to the north, similar preparations are, do doubt, taking place in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, and on the Abacos to the east.
In the small island chain of the Berry Islands, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is battening down and evacuating its private island of Coco Cay.
CRUISE NEWS: To date, at least 15 cruise ship itineraries have been altered to avoid the monster storm.