Hurricane Irene pounds Puerto Rico, heads for Hispaniola

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:40 PM GMT on August 22, 2011

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Hurricane Irene strengthened into the season's first Atlantic hurricane at 5am EDT this morning as the eye moved over San Juan, Puerto Rico, and crossed into the ocean just north of the island. Overnight, Irene held its own as the eye passed over the most mountainous portion of Puerto Rico, the El Yunque region. Winds in the higher mountains likely reached Category 2 strength, 96 - 110 mph, according to measurements from the San Juan Terminal Doppler Radar, and the hurricane pounded the island with damaging winds and flooding rains, resulting in widespread tree damage and power failures that hit 800,000 people. The San Juan Airport recorded top winds of 41 mph, gusting to 55 mph, and 2.87" of rain, as of 9am AST. Tropical storm conditions affected the Virgin Islands, with St. Thomas recording sustained winds of 40 mph, gusting to 67 mph, and 4.03" of rain as of 6am AST today. At 7am EDT, the ship Horizon Trader measured sustained northeast winds of 69 mph and wave heights of 11.5 feet at 19°N, in the northern eyewall of Irene. Latest observations from an Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that Irene is slowly intensifying, with a central pressure of 989 mb observed at 9:42am EDT. The eyewall is not fully formed yet, with a gap on the south side. This gap will need to close off before the hurricane can undergo rapid intensification.


Figure 1. A direct hit: the center of Hurricane Irene passed directly over the Terminal Doppler Radar at San Juan, Puerto Rico between 4am and 5am AST this morning.

Track forecast for Irene
The computer models show good agreement that Irene will pass along the north coast of Hispaniola today, but just a slight wobble in Irene's track to take it farther offshore--or push it onshore, over the mountains--will have major impacts on the ultimate path and strength of the hurricane. A trough of low pressure is expected to move across the Eastern U.S. on Wednesday and Thursday, turning Irene more to the northwest by Wednesday. The timing and strength of this trough varies considerably from model to model, and will be critical in determining where and when Irene will turn to the north. Irene's strength will also matter--a stronger Irene is more likely to turn northward earlier. The most popular solution among the models is to take Irene to the northwest through the Bahamas on Wednesday and Thursday, then into the Southeast U.S. coast in South Carolina or North Carolina on Saturday. Irene would then travel up the mid-Atlantic coast, arriving near Long Island, New York on Monday morning as a strong tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane. One of the models proposing this solution is our best model, the ECMWF. However, we have two other of our very good models suggesting a landfall near Miami on Thursday night is likely (the GFDL and UKMET models.) NHC forecaster Stacy Stewart gave some good reasons in this morning's discussion to favor a track close to the east coast of Florida, but just offshore. Last years' worst performing major the model, the NOGAPS, predicts that Irene will pass out to sea, missing the Southeast U.S. coast. Keep in mind that the average error of a 4-day forecast from NHC is 200 miles, and just a small deviation in the path of a storm moving roughly parallel to the coast will make a huge difference in where it ultimately makes landfall. The NOAA jet will be flying its first dropsonde mission into Irene today, which should result in a more reliable set of model runs first thing Tuesday morning.

Intensity forecast for Irene
Irene is embedded in a large envelope of moisture now, and wind shear is expected to remain low, 5 - 10 knots, for the next five days. With water temperatures very warm, 29 - 30°C, these conditions should allow for intensification except when land is interfering. Satellite loops show that Irene is steadily growing in size, which will protect the storm against major disruption by its passage along the north shore of Hispaniola today. The storm is lacking much development on its southwest side, where dry air is interfering with development. This dry air may help keep southern portions of the Dominican Republic and Haiti from receiving more than 3 - 6 inches of rain. There is at least a 30% chance that passage of the eye over Hispaniola will reduce Irene to a tropical storm tonight and into Tuesday. Due to Hispaniola blocking inflow of moist air from the south, Irene will likely compensate by building an even larger region of heavy thunderstorms to the north, offshore. Thus, when Irene's center finally moves well away from the coast on Tuesday, it will be a bigger storm, with the potential to spread hurricane conditions over a wider area later in the week when it intensifies. One limiting factor for intensification may be in the upper-level outflow pattern. The hurricane is lifting a huge amount of air from the surface to the upper atmosphere, and all that mass has to be efficiently transported away in order for the hurricane to intensify. Right now, upper level outflow is only well-established to the north and east, and the forecast outflow pattern for the coming five days is only moderately favorable. Overall, I think the official NHC forecast of a Category 3 hurricane by Thursday is the right one, though Irene could easily be a Category 2 or Category 4 storm.

Irene's impact on the Dominican Republic
Heavy rains from Irene have already reached the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, where Punta Cana has seen wind gusts up to 29 mph this morning. The northeast coast of the country near Samana will receive the worst of Irene's wrath, with sustained winds of 50 - 70 mph and gusts above hurricane force likely to cause widespread tree damage and power outages today. Passage along the coast of the island may weaken Irene to a tropical storm by Tuesday morning, and wind damage in Puerto Plata may be less severe than at Samana. The capital of Santo Domingo will see lesser winds, perhaps 30 - 50 mph, with gusts to 60 mph. The main danger to the Dominican Republic will be Irene's torrential rains, which are likely to reach 20 inches in some mountainous regions, causing dangerous flash floods and mudslides.

Irene's impact on Haiti
No nation in the Caribbean is more vulnerable to hurricanes than Haiti, whose northern reaches are expected to receive torrential rains of 5 - 10 inches from Irene. During the 2008 hurricane season, four storms--Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike--dumped heavy rains on Haiti, leaving over 1,000 people dead or missing. The path and intensity of Hurricane Irene are very similar to that of Hurricane Jeanne of 2004, which dumped 13 inches of rains on the nation's northern mountains. The rugged hillsides, stripped bare of 98% of their forest cover thanks to deforestation, let flood waters rampage into large areas of the country, killing over 3000 people, mostly in the town of Gonaives, the nation's 4th largest city. Jeanne ranks as the 12th deadliest hurricane of all time on the list of the 30 most deadly Atlantic hurricanes, and Irene's rains are capable of causing a similar disaster. During 2004 and again this year, ocean temperatures off the coast of Haiti were 1 - 1.5°C above average, one of the top five values seen in the past 100 years. Since more water vapor evaporates into the air from record warm waters, the potential for devastating floods from hurricanes is much higher in these situations. However, satellite images of Jeanne show the storm had much more moisture on its south side when it hit Hispaniola than Irene currently has, so I am hopeful that Irene's rains will not be as intense as Jeanne's were.


Figure 2. Track of Hurricane Jeanne of 2004, which followed a path very similar to what is expected from Hurricane Irene along the north coast of Hispaniola. Irene is not going to do a big loop like Jeanne did, though.

As bad as the hurricanes of 2004 and 2008 were, the January 2010 earthquake was far worse. Up to 316,000 may have been killed, and the capital city of Port-Au-Prince was devastated, leaving over 1.5 million people living under tarps during the 2010 hurricane season. Fortunately, Hurricane Tomas missed making a direct hit on Haiti, and Haiti escaped major loss of life during the 2010 hurricane season. This year, approximately 595,000 Haitians still live underneath tarps outdoors thanks to the earthquake, and these unfortunate people will be at risk of being swept away by flash flooding from Irene's torrential rains. However, Port-Au-Prince lies to the south of where Irene's main rains will fall, and I doubt the earthquake refugee camps will suffer from a major flooding disaster.


Figure 3. Hospital admissions (black bars) and death rate in percent (red line) for Haiti's cholera epidemic of 2010 - 2011. The cholera epidemic surged out of control after Hurricane Tomas dumped heavy rains on Haiti on November 4, 2010, with hospitalizations increasing by a factor of three for over a month. Over 3% of all people who contracted cholera died after Tomas' rains. However, sanitation and medical care improved in the following months, and the death rate fell by a factor of five to 0.7% by the summer of 2011. Another surge in cholera cases occurred in June 2011, doubling after heavy rainy season rains occurred. Cholera deaths doubled during the surge, but the death rate remained constant at 0.7%. Image credit: Pan American Health Organization.

Another danger is that Irene's rains will worsen the cholera epidemic that surfaced after the earthquake. Cholera is a water-borne disease, and spreads readily after heavy rains. As of August 12, 2011, the 2010 - 2011 cholera epidemic had infected 419,000 Haitians, killing 5,968. After Hurricane Tomas passed on November 5, 2010, cholera cases exploded, with hospital admissions more than tripling for over a month. Similarly, heavy rains in June 2011 during the country's usual rainy season caused doubled cholera cases and deaths for several weeks. We can expect that Irene's rains will cause at least a doubling of cholera cases for a month or more. This will lead to several hundred additional cholera deaths, given the disease's 0.7% mortality rate this summer in Haiti (during June and July 2011, 95,212 cases were reported, with 626 deaths.) An increase in cholera deaths due to Irene's rains is also a concern in the Dominican Republic, where cholera has sickened 14,000 people and killed 92 as of the end of July.

Organizations Active in Haitian Relief Efforts:
Portlight disaster relief
Lambi Fund of Haiti
Haiti Hope Fund
Catholic Relief Services of Haiti

Links
For those of you wanting to know your odds of receiving hurricane force or tropical storm force winds, I recommend the NHC wind probability product.

Wunderground has detailed storm surge maps for the U.S. coast.

See my 2010 post, Haiti's tragic hurricane history.

An exceptionally active of hurricane season
Hurricane season is only one-third over, and we've already had almost a full years' activity already. Tropical Storm Irene is the 9th named storm this year, and an average season has just 10 - 11 named storms. Irene's formation date of August 20 ties 2011 with 1936 as the 2nd earliest date for formation of the season's 9th storm. Only 2005 was more active this early. However, the first eight storms of the year have done far less damage than is typical. All eight storms stayed below hurricane strength, making 2011 the first hurricane season since record keeping began in 1851 to have more than six consecutive tropical storms that did not reach hurricane strength. As I discussed in Friday's post, a major reason for this is the lack of vertical instability over the tropical Atlantic so far this year. We've had a large amount of dry, sinking air over the tropical Atlantic, and the usual amount of dry, dusty air from the Sahara, both helping to keep the atmosphere stable and stop this year's storms from intensifying into hurricanes. Hurricane activity typically ramps up big-time by August 20, with more than 80% of all the hurricanes and 65% of all the tropical storms occurring after that date. At our current pace, 2011 will become the second busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record, with 24 - 27 named storms. There are only 21 names in the list of names for a hurricane season, so we may have to break out the Greek alphabet again in late October this year, as occurred in 2005. Ironically, this was the last time the current set of names was used in the Atlantic, so 16 of this year's 21 names are repeats of 2005. I'm not too happy about seeing another hurricane season challenge the Hurricane Season of 2005 in any way, and let's hope we don't retire another five names this year, like occurred in 2005! With vertical instability much lower this year than in 2005, and that year having already seen one storm (Dennis) retired by this point in the season, I doubt that will happen, though.


Figure 4. The annual cycle of average hurricane frequency in the Atlantic. Historically, about 35% of all the tropical storms and 15% of all the hurricanes will have occurred by August 20.

Which model should you trust?
Wunderground provides a web page with computer model forecasts for many of the best-performing models used to predict hurricane tracks. So which is the best? Well, the best forecasts are made by combining the forecasts from three or more models into a "consensus" forecast. Over the past decade, NHC has greatly improved their forecasts by relying on consensus forecast models made using various combinations of the GFS, GFDL, NOGAPS, UKMET, HWRF, and ECMWF models. If you average together the track forecasts from these models, the NHC official forecast will rarely depart much from it, and the NHC forecast has been hard to beat over the past few years. The single best-performing model over the past two years has been the ECMWF (European Center model). This model out-performed the official NHC forecast in 2010 for 1-day, 2-day, 3-day and 4-day forecasts, and in 2009 for 4-day and 5-day forecasts. You can view ECMWF forecasts on our wundermap with the model layer turned on. The European Center does not permit public display of tropical storm positions from their hurricane tracking module of their model, so we are unable to put ECMWF forecasts on our computer model forecast page that plots positions from the other major models. As seen in Figure 5, over the past two years, the GFS and GFDL model have been the next best models, with the UKMET model not far behind. Last year, the NOGAPS model did very poorly, forcing NHC to come up with some new consensus models this year, the TCOA and TVCA, that do not include the NOGAPS model. For those interested in learning more about the models, NOAA has a great training video (updated for 2011.)


Figure 5. Skill of computer model forecasts of Atlantic named storms 2010. OFCL=Official NHC forecast; GFS=Global Forecast System model; GFDL=Geophysical Fluid Dynamic Laboratory model; HWRF=Hurricane Weather Research Forecasting model; NOGAPS=Navy Operational Global Prediction System model; UKMET=United Kingdom Met Office model; ECMWF=European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting model; TVCN=one of the consensus models that lends together all (or most) of the above models. Image credit: National Hurricane Center 2010 verification report.

Next post
There will be 2 - 3 posts per day in my blog this week during Irene, with Angela Fritz and Rob Carver doing some of the afternoon and evening posts.

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Quoting Patrap:


Hey Pat, is the eye not closed because of the dry air, or because PR's radar can't reach it? It looks like it's complete, but we can't really tell.
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Quoting NICycloneChaser:
NHC has no strengthening between 72 hours and 120 hours, not sure why. May be due to being close to FL.


It's due to Avila writing the forecast.
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HH plane approaching the centre again.
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Quoting E46Pilot:
For people to say Florida is out of the woods is crazy! Consider if the storm tracks just 100 miles east of the center line of the forecast. That would mean complete devastation along Florida's populated areas. Realize most of Florida's population live within 15 miles of the coast. Do you place that much faith in the forecast that it will track along that center line?


they're referring to the eastward shift in the models and the anticipated further shift eastward.

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Quoting Drakoen:
The entire east coast from Key West to New England needs to watch Irene. There is no "in the clear" for those areas.


Exactly what I'm pointing out, though everyone thinks I'm actually wishcasting. People, look at the pattern, observe.. Florida is not in the clear, nor is any of the US East Coast. A Classic situation evolving this week.
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Quoting islander101010:
? how about some hurricane info instead of this crap next time im ignoring you


I'm not here to give info, I am here to get info. How about some punctuation? Maybe sneak in a comma, capitalize the first word in a sentence...can I get an apostrophe?

If the storm comes ashore, then I may be able to give people valuable information that may assist them down the road. Right now, I am just an observer.
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Quoting popartpete:
This is the "Gale of 1878", which I think is possible climatological comparable storm to Irene. See the 61 over the Jersey Shore, that is 61 knots and is just under winds of hurricane force. Add in the forward momentum, and winds were over hurricane strength. The best explanation I could find was this: "the northeast quadrant is where the largest extent in the wind field occurs since the storm's forward motion by itself will create wind which is added to the wind flowing around the storm itself. The strongest winds are nearly always on the right side of the storm's forward motion and often in the right-front quadrant relative to the storm's forward motion. So direction and speed of the storm's forward motion will impact the extent of the wind field in each quadrant." This storm had a big impact in the Northeast, and was weaker than Irene is expected to be. We'll see. I hope not. All of our power lines, phone and cable are out on poles. Winds of 80, 90 or 100 miles per hour would be devastating here. I'm not wishcasting, in fact I'm reverse wishcasting, but we are overdue in the Northeast by decades. The last few computer models I saw didn't look to good for up here. P.S. I'm in Seaside Heights, yes home of 'Jersey Shore'. Maybe it will blow their balcony and hot tub away, or at least Snooki's Bumpit.



Hey, you should make sure to tell everybody one more time that you're "...in Seaside Heights, yes home of 'Jersey Shore'", because some might have missed that in your previous hundred posts. ;-)

But you're right: Irene could possibly take a path inland very similar to that of the Gale of 1878.
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Quoting SWFLIrish:
Good update! As usual, we need to keep one eye on this as we go through the day here in SWFL. Time to give the hurricane box a looksie...
were about 99.99% out of the woods i would actually expect a dry hot end to the week here in swfl,wree out of the cone and have nothing to worry about,.01% chance we get any direct effects wx wise from irnene,the trendf the weak a/b high continues,i worry about atc strike to our area around 48-72 hrs away ,they rarelry makei lanfall north of charlotte harbor north thru the big bend,a statistically low probablity of a hurricane landfall,..
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Quoting USAFwxguy:
The models right now are doing wonderfully, save for the GFDL. I think they have a good read on what is transpiring and I feel better now about a FL miss, especially given the apparent off-shore pass of Irene north of Hispaniola.

The strengthening of the TC may even futher encouage steering into the trough over the east coast, and by the grace of God the CONUS may be spared with a full recurve,

(no offense meant to our friends in the Bahamas)
I certainly hope so and agree that a recurve-miss is possible, as well.

All depends on the next 36 hours (and trough timing), no?
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Quoting overwash12:
If Irene misses U.S. will everbody admit we are all amatuers?
we are almost all amateurs no matter what this storm does.
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Quoting 900MB:


Reed- I would go sar as to say the Entire East Coast should watch all the way up to Cape Cod. If this thing hugs the coast or only scrapes NC, there is a whole lotta coast that should be watching. if we end up strong Cat 3 SC, the remnants alone could do damage all the way to Rhode Island.


Exactly, Miami to Maine should not let their guard down. Especially ALL of Florida.. The models and track may shift west once the upper air pattern is observed by recon. I'm still leaning towards the East Coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina being the greatest threat for impact.
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FYI, ridge over TX later this week expected to lift out to the NW into the 4 corners, Florida may still get a visit from Irene the dream
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166. 7544
reed if that track hold what effects could se fla feel from irene as it has a major right off of the se fla area thanks just asking peeps learning heree lol
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For people to say Florida is out of the woods is crazy! Consider if the storm tracks just 100 miles west of the center line of the forecast. That would mean complete devastation along Florida's populated areas. Realize most of Florida's population live within 15 miles of the coast. Do you place that much faith in the forecast that it will track along that center line?
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Quoting overwash12:
If Irene misses U.S. will everbody admit we are all amatuers?
it won't. The High there is too firmly entrenched for anything to break through. It would have to take a major and sudden erosion of that high for it head off to sea.
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If you are in the cone you are NOT clear. If that trough stalls, or the high builds west a little more, or conditions deteriorate and Irene doesn't intensify as quickly, the models and the guidance will shift right back to the west. Now that being said, As long as I have been following storms, I have rarely seen model guidance shift back west significantly once the right right right pattern starts for a storm in this position. But I am not a met and don't really understand why this seems to happen every time.
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Wonder how much money FEMA has left...


Whatever China will give us....
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I see they upped the TS warnings to hurricane warnings this morning... took their time about it.

I expect watches for NW Bahamas sometime between 5 and 11 p.m.

I'll let you know how pple are reacting here once I get back.
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The entire east coast from Key West to New England needs to watch Irene. There is no "in the clear" for those areas.
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Quoting WeatherNerdPR:

Barely any sleep at all, and sometime between four and five in the morning, the eye of Irene ran over me.
Yeah, I knew better.
Otherwise, hokey-dokey?

And, do you really have power?
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Wonder how much money FEMA has left...
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155. DFWjc
Quoting NOLALawyer:


Not quite, but I am approaching triple digits. I am an equal opportunity ignorer. Trolls, downcasters, naked swirl-casters, fishcasters.....they all have a happy home on my list. LOL.


You one of the reason why I'm here, your knowledge and of course your ability to make me laugh, thank you my friend!!!
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WTNT24 KNHC 221457
TCMAT4

HURRICANE IRENE FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 8
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL092011
1500 UTC MON AUG 22 2011

CHANGES IN WATCHES AND WARNINGS WITH THIS ADVISORY...

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS HAS ISSUED A HURRICANE WARNING FOR THE
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS.

THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE BRITISH AND U.S VIRGIN ISLANDS
HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...

A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* NORTH COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FROM THE HAITI BORDER
EASTWARD TO CABO ENGANO
*SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* NORTH COAST OF HAITI FROM LE MOLE ST. NICHOLAS EASTWARD TO THE
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC BORDER
* CENTRAL BAHAMAS

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* PUERTO RICO...VIEQUES AND CULEBRA
* SOUTH COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FROM SOUTH OF CABO ENGANO
WESTWARD TO THE HAITI BORDER
* ALL OF HAITI

HURRICANE CENTER LOCATED NEAR 19.2N 67.5W AT 22/1500Z
POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 20 NM

PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST OR 300 DEGREES AT 11 KT

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 988 MB
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 70 KT WITH GUSTS TO 85 KT.
64 KT....... 25NE 0SE 0SW 0NW.
50 KT....... 40NE 25SE 20SW 35NW.
34 KT.......160NE 60SE 60SW 90NW.
12 FT SEAS..180NE 60SE 0SW 120NW.
WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL
MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.

REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 19.2N 67.5W AT 22/1500Z
AT 22/1200Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 18.9N 67.0W

FORECAST VALID 23/0000Z 19.9N 69.2W
MAX WIND 75 KT...GUSTS 90 KT.
64 KT... 15NE 0SE 0SW 15NW.
50 KT... 45NE 30SE 15SW 45NW.
34 KT...160NE 75SE 45SW 110NW.

FORECAST VALID 23/1200Z 20.5N 71.4W
MAX WIND 80 KT...GUSTS 100 KT.
64 KT... 15NE 0SE 0SW 15NW.
50 KT... 45NE 30SE 15SW 45NW.
34 KT...160NE 75SE 45SW 120NW.

FORECAST VALID 24/0000Z 21.2N 73.2W
MAX WIND 85 KT...GUSTS 105 KT.
64 KT... 15NE 0SE 0SW 15NW.
50 KT... 45NE 30SE 15SW 45NW.
34 KT...130NE 75SE 45SW 130NW.

FORECAST VALID 24/1200Z 22.0N 75.0W
MAX WIND 90 KT...GUSTS 110 KT.
50 KT... 60NE 40SE 25SW 45NW.
34 KT...160NE 75SE 45SW 130NW.

FORECAST VALID 25/1200Z 25.0N 77.5W
MAX WIND 100 KT...GUSTS 120 KT.
50 KT... 60NE 50SE 40SW 60NW.
34 KT...160NE 90SE 75SW 140NW.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK. NOTE...ERRORS FOR TRACK HAVE AVERAGED NEAR 175 NM
ON DAY 4 AND 225 NM ON DAY 5...AND FOR INTENSITY NEAR 20 KT EACH DAY

OUTLOOK VALID 26/1200Z 28.5N 79.0W
MAX WIND 100 KT...GUSTS 120 KT.

OUTLOOK VALID 27/1200Z 32.5N 80.0W
MAX WIND 100 KT...GUSTS 120 KT.

REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 19.2N 67.5W

NEXT ADVISORY AT 22/2100Z

$$
FORECASTER AVILA


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Quoting FLdewey:
That cone is going to keep on moving...

From NHC - Official track forecast shifted east, but still remains slightly west of the model consensus.

Heading EAST!
I think so, too...

Unless she doesn't intensify as much as expected in the next 36 hours, which is quite possible, IMO. (Read: dry air and/or terrain)
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Quoting hahaguy:


But it is good at predicting the atmosphere around storms as I've been told.


That's true to a degree, but I was referring to his question on why it isn't going to south Florida from this far out in time.
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Well the newest track out of the NHC is looking that much better for Florida. Hopefully this trend will continue further. Even still though, there are still several days left, and it would not be wise to let your guard down in Florida, always be prepared, but don't get stressed or lose sleep over it though.


Computer models are continuing to trend east, it looks like my predictions of Florida having minimal hurricane impacts is still being spared. So far the reason for this is what I expected, continued troughs of low pressure in the east and a strong ridge over Texas holding out.

However, it does bare some concern to me that this pattern of shielding Florida is becoming less profound as the season goes on, unfortunately.

Whatever the case, always be prepared and have a plan for the rest of the season. The worst of the season is yet to come.
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Quoting wxhatt:


Storm intensity is also affected by the upper air pattern and surrounding dry air. Don't just look at the SST's.


I know that....conditions should be quite favorable.
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Quoting 7544:
so if you have a major in andors island what will the the effects in south fla could they still get ts force winds tia


Even if we get 30 mph winds and some showers, that is a typical summer thunder storm here in Florida. For us it will be a non event, for others it appears not so lucky.
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IMO, the more interaction Irene has, if any, with the mountains of the DR, the weaker a storm, hence the more west the track. Crucial times right now.
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"The storm is lacking much development on its southwest side, where dry air is interfering with development."

Thanks for confirming this Dr. Masters. If it wasn't for the dry air this could be a much more dangerous storm.
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Quoting reedzone:
These models will be useless until we have the models tonight with the Hurricane Hunter info in them. The 00Z models that is. Florida to North Carolina needs to closely watch this storm, Florida is NOT in the clear yet, not even close!


Reed- I would go sar as to say the Entire East Coast should watch all the way up to Cape Cod. If this thing hugs the coast or only scrapes NC, there is a whole lotta coast that should be watching. if we end up strong Cat 3 SC, the remnants alone could do damage all the way to Rhode Island.
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Quoting NOLALawyer:


It is symbolic, and it makes me feel better to announce another head placed on a pike. My castle is well decorated with heads this season.
? how about some hurricane info instead of this crap next time im ignoring you
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If Irene misses U.S. will everbody admit we are all amatuers?
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Quoting atmoaggie:
Hey, there. Good night's sleep?
;-)

Barely any sleep at all, and sometime between four and five in the morning, the eye of Irene ran over me.
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South Carolina I hope you are taking notice the time to get ready is now. Florida keep an eye on this, but it seems that there is hope for you.

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Quoting RevInFL:
So is East Central Florida in the clear? I am not wishing this beast on anybody but I am wondering because of plans for Friday. Thanks all. I am learning a lot from this blog.


The situation is suggesting that...

However, ECFL is still in the cone.

This from the NHC:

ALTHOUGH IT IS
TOO EARLY TO BE CERTAIN...THE CURRENT GUIDANCE LESSENS THE THREAT
TO SOUTH FLORIDA.

DO NOT TO FOCUS ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK...ESPECIALLY AT DAYS 4
TO 5...SINCE THE MOST RECENT 5-YEAR AVERAGE ERRORS AT THOSE
FORECAST TIMES ARE 200 AND 250 MILES...RESPECTIVELY.

Remain aware of the situation over the next few days is still a good idea.
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