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Tropical Storm Arthur threatens East Coast July Fourth plans

July 2nd, 2014 No comments



SAVANNAH, Ga. — A hurricane watch was issued for part of North Carolina’s coast early Wednesday as Tropical Storm Arthur moved northward, threatening Fourth of July plans along the East Coast.

The hurricane watch in North Carolina covers an area from Bogue Inlet to Oregon Inlet, including Pamlico Sound. A tropical storm watch was in effect for parts of Florida and South Carolina.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Wednesday were near 60 mph (95 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Arthur was expected to strengthen and become a hurricane by Thursday.

With the July Fourth weekend on the horizon, the Atlantic hurricane season’s first named storm plodded off Florida’s coast but wasn’t yet spooking too many in the storm’s potential path.

“I think everybody’s keeping one eye on the weather and one eye on the events this weekend,” said Joe Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah, the city’s tourism bureau.



Arthur was centered about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Cape Canaveral, Florida, early Wednesday and was moving north near 6 mph (9 kph). The Hurricane Center urged those as far north as parts of Virginia to monitor Tropical Storm Arthur’s path.

Off Florida’s Space Coast beaches — the closest to Arthur — the sky was cloudy and winds fairly normal Tuesday, said Eisen Witcher, assistant chief of Brevard County Ocean Rescue.

Red flags warned of rough surf, and beachgoers were advised to get into the water only in areas with staffed lifeguard stands. But overall, Witcher said, “it’s business as usual.”

Red flags also flew Tuesday at Daytona Beach. By midday, a dozen swimmers had been aided by lifeguards when they got caught in a rip current. On any given day, 15 to 20 swimmers need help, said Tammy Marris, spokeswoman for the Volusia County Beach Patrol.



155 MPH Hurricane Amanda Breaks Record for Strongest May Storm

May 26th, 2014 No comments





The eastern Pacific’s Hurricane Amanda exploded into an intense category 4 hurricane last night with winds of 155 MPH. The storm’s strength makes it the most intense hurricane ever recorded during the month of May in the eastern Pacific. Thankfully, Amanda poses no threat to land.




The hurricane entered an atmosphere conducive to rapid development, including an area of lower wind shear, warm sea surface temperatures above 84°F, and the development of an effective upper-level “anti-cyclone” (winds flowing clockwise), which acts like an exhaust fan for the hurricane to evacuate air and maintain strength.



Amanda unseats 2001’s Hurricane Adolph (!) as the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the eastern Pacific during the month of May. They retired the name Adolph after that hurricane season for obvious reasons. It’s a saving grace that most hurricanes in the eastern Pacific veer out to sea with virtually no impact to land, and that Amanda is no exception. It will quickly weaken over the next couple of days before dissipating completely by the end of the week.

Hurricane season in the eastern Pacific runs from May 15 until November 30th. The Atlantic hurricane season, which is predicted to be below average this year, begins on June 1.

[Images via CIMSS]


Tropical Storm Karen

October 3rd, 2013 Comments off

A hurricane watch is in effect for parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast after Tropical Storm Karen formed in the southeastern part of the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.

A hurricane watch covers the area from Grand Isle, Louisiana, east to Indian Pass, Florida. A tropical storm watch is in effect from west of Grand Isle to Morgan City, Louisiana, an area that includes metropolitan New Orleans.

Karen is producing winds of 60 mph and is moving north-northwest up the Mexican coast, the hurricane center said. It has a high chance — “near 100 percent” — of becoming a hurricane or cyclone in the next two days, it said.