The start of the US Open is in doubt with Hurricane Irene set to hit New York this weekend, throwing tournament plans into disarray.
More than 1000 kilometeres wide, the storm has so far battered the Bahamas and is on a course to hit New York City within the next 24 hours, and it could delay the start of the grand slam tournament.
The first matches are due to start on Monday morning (EST).
Reuben Mourad of The Weather Channel said that while conditions will clear by the beginning of the week, people in the path of the storm are in for a wild ride over the weekend.
Flooding looms as the biggest problem for tournament organisers, with any subsequent clean-up expected to take quite a few days.
“It’s a pretty serious situation. This particular hurricane is a large and powerful system and has already been packing some very strong winds,” he said.