Will devote this hurricane season to provide up-to-the-minute, basic information when a tropical system is threatening land. Both basins included.
By: hurricaneben , 12:00 AM GMT on August 19, 2012
The tropics continue to show us its best.
Hurricane Gordon has strengthened impressively in recent hours and is now a high-end category two (nearly a major hurricane). Azores Islands is on high alert as damaging winds and very heavy rainfall is in store in the next 24 to 48 hours. Now Gordon is expected to be a bit weaker by the time it affects these islands (category one most likely) but still will put on a windy damper on any activities in these islands so keep a close eye on this potentially dangerous Hurricane Gordon.
Helene has weakened into a tropical depression and expected to dissipate shortly. Flooding rainfall is still a concern so watch out as TD Helene moves inland over NE Mexico.
Yes, 94L is just an area of potential development but the way trends are looking, this may be one that many should be watching as the upcoming week progresses. 94L is organizing quite a bit and conditions are favorable for a TD/TS to form in the short run...I do suspect we'll be talking about one by this time tomorrow. Models make this a great concern for the Lesser Antilles, no doubt about it, but how strong will it get? That varies, we could see a hurricane affecting that region several days out so keep a close eye on 94L's development. As for any concerns for the Lower 48, that would be a well over a week away and there is no way to know the exact path beyond the NE Caribbean region so for now, let's shift our eyes to the Lesser Antilles and we'll see beyond then.
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