Marsh Harbour, Bahamas — At a category 3 hurricane, Irene continues barrelling towards Abaco. Having already caused serious damage in the southern Bahamas, Abaco braces for impact. Meteorologist predict that by the time Irene reaches Abaco it could very well be a Category 4. This would make it only one classification below the most powerful storm systems on record. With rain, strong winds and storm surges, this hurricane is looking to be the worst for The Bahamas in nearly seven years. Businesses and homes were shuttered in the settlement of Marsh Harbour in anticipation of flying debris and strong winds. There was heavy traffic throughout the day as citizens scrambled for scarce, last minute supplies. At the time of this writing, 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Marsh Harbour city power is on. Officials say that once wind speeds reach 40 mph the power plant will shut down until the storm is passed. It is unlikely electric lines will all remain intact, leaving many without power for days to come. If you are viewing from the East Coast of the U.S. keep an eye on Abaco Buzz’s weather page and make necessary preparations. As soon as it becomes possible after the storm we will have a news update. Stay tuned on Abaco Buzz, and stay safe.