Friday, August 13, 2004

CATEGORY 3 CHARLEY IS ON THE WAY TO TAMPA BAY

Please refer to the National Hurricane Center forecast map to see how Charley will affect your area:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ftp/graphics/AT03/refresh/AL0304W5+GIF/121453W5.gif

By viewing this map, you will notice that Charley is forecasted to remain a tropical storm until he reaches central Virginia around 2 AM Sunday. That means sustained winds of 40 mph or more will affect the area surrounding the storm.

Tropical Storm Warnings have been extended up to the North Carolina Coast. Gale warnings in the ocean extend to just south of New York City.

AND DANIELLE IS ABOUT TO START DANCING...
That's right, the next storm is projected to develop in the next 2 days. What will be Danielle is a strong tropical wave just off the African coast. Conditions are favorable, there is lots of warm water, and a strong Bermuda/Atlantic high providing that westerly flow of wind which brought Charley to us.

Danielle is likely to follow a similar path, and will be in the neighborhood of the Caribbean by next Friday, and if it continues, knocking on the door of the east coast by the Tuesday after.
If the persistent trough along the East Coast (which has been bringing us the rain all these days) does not go away, it will provide a channel through which Danielle may target.

If the trough finally leaves, steering currents weaken, and the subtropical jet subsides, she may get pushed into the Gulf of Mexico and possibly threaten the west coast from New Orleans to Galveston.

We shall see.


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