Tropical Storm Helene forms in eastern Atlantic

08 September, 2018, 18:29 | Author: Rosalie Gross
  • Storm season peaks: Hurricane Florence still far from landfall, uncertainty remains for East Coast

And while Florence has weakened to a tropical storm after topping out as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 130 miles per hour winds, it continues on a westerly path that could bring it dangerously close to the U.S. East Coast by late next week, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm's minimum central continues to drop, now at 946 millibars. Since the rapid strengthening yesterday was unexpected, and the degree of weakening that is now underway is uncertain, there are big question marks on the future track.

Further down the road, should Florence make landfall, we will have the potential of heavy rain and gusty winds at some point during the latter half of next week and into following weekend.

Various hurricane forecasting models do not agree on the path Florence could take from there - some say it could make landfall in the Carolinas or even approach the coast near the Chesapeake Bay, while others predict a turn out to sea before the storm ever reaches US coastline.

The tropical storm is predicted to re-intensify to a Category 3 hurricane by Monday and odds have increased that it will have direct effects on the East Coast starting between Wednesday and Friday next week anywhere between Florida and southern New England.

Of interest to forecasters is which direction Florence will go over the next several days. However, some computer models bring the storm dangerously close to the U.S. East Coast by late next week.

Winds peaked at 130 miles per hour Wednesday before weakening to 60 miles per hour on Friday.

Florence's forecast track overlaid on a map of current sea surface temperature.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon were also dying off Thursday, with the storm downgraded to a depression as it moved inland over Mississippi. "If you don't have a hurricane emergency kit, this is the time to assemble one".

As of right now, not much is known about what the hurricane is going to do next. Trim them now. Declutter drains and gutters.

He said: "We are entering the peak of hurricane season and we know well the unpredictability and power of these storms".

The European and American models have shifted westward, consistently showing a menacing hurricane coming dangerously close to the Eastern Seaboard. If they strengthen into tropical storms, they could become Helene and Isaac.

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