Martha’s Vineyard residents are being urged to stay off the roads, due to flooding and the threat of downed trees. Already many roads have been closed, including Atlantic Avenue along South Beach, Lower Main Street from Water Street to Edgartown Harbor, Dock Street, and Beach Road. Tiah's Cove Road has also been closed.
Multiple roads up-Island are strewn with debris, ranging from small twigs to large limbs.
Beaches have also taken a lashing. Reports indicate that South Beach has overtaken the dunes. West Tisbury Emergency Management Director John Christensen said that the Chilmark Pond barrier beach has breached.
Irene has been downgraded to a tropical storm and is moving its way out of the region. Satellite images show the storm is now located northwest of Martha's Vineyard, over New Hampshire and Vermont. The National Weather Service said that the Island may experience winds up to 50 miles per hour through the evening.