After crossing New York City earlier Sunday morning, Irene is now inundating upstate New York State and northern New England as winds whip all of the Northeast.
Irene's center moved directly over New York City at about 9:00 a.m. EDT Sunday. At the time, Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm with winds of 65 mph.
However, Irene remains a large and dangerous storm with a huge area of rain and strong wind.
Heavy rain from Irene has already triggered serious flooding from North Carolina to New York. Many of the area rivers and streams are out of their banks and will remain high in the wake of the storm as runoff continues.
Extremely heavy rain will continue to hit northern New England and upstate New York State as Irene plows north, which will cause the area impacted by flooding to expand.
Flood watches and warnings are in effect for this entire area.
Lingering rain over Pennsylvania will make the already severe flooding in this area worse.
"While flooding along streets and in low-lying areas will be worse in the interim, river flooding will worsen in the hours and days after the rain stops falling," stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Bill Deger.