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August 30th, 2011

Hurricane Katia Category 3 Begins To Form In The Atlantic

Checking out the weather maps it is confirmed that tropical storm Katia will become a category 1 hurricane by Thursday September 1, 2011 and a category 3 by September 4, 2011. This is great news for the Quiksilver Pro WCT surfing contest that is in Long Beach New York for there two week surf and music festival.

August 25th, 2011

Hurricane Irene Is Now A Category 3 And Will Become A Category 4

The Vans contest that is currently going in Virgina Beach is on fast forward as we have been told they will be wrapping this contest up tomorrow due to Hurricane Irene which is now a category 3 and will become a category 4 by tomorrow.

Dale Eck, Director of Global Forecast Center, The Weather Channel
Aug 25, 2011 8:54 am ET

HURRICANE IRENE

– Irene will have significant effects on the Bahamas and eastern North Carolina to the Northeast

– Irene is a major category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 mph moving through the Northwest Bahamas.

– Irene is centered about 670 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and moving NW at 13 mph.

– The central and northwest Bahamas continue to be under a hurricane warning,and the hurricane warnings have been discontinue for the southeast Bahams.

– A hurricane watch is now in effect along the North Carolina coast from Surf City to the Virginia border.

– A tropical storm watch is in effect from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to Surf City, North Carolina.

– Irene moves northwest through the Bahamas through tonight.

– Peak wind gusts so far: George Town 69 mph and Nassau 62 mph.

– Rainfall of 6 to 10 inches is expected throughout the Bahamas.

– A dangerous storm surge could raise water levels by 7 to 11 feet in the northwest Bahamas in areas with onshore winds.

– Outer rain bands from Irene reach eastern Florida today and tonight.

– Heavy showers may contain wind gusts over 40 mph along with rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

– After moving out of the Bahamas tonight Irene parallels the Southeast coast well offshore Friday.

– Rain bands occasional lash the coastline from central Florida to North Carolina.

– Some bands may contain tropical storm force wind gusts.

– Irene is forecast to weaken slightly as it approaches the North Carolina coast Saturday.

– It could still be a major hurricane causing extreme impacts to eastern North Carolina later Friday night and Saturday.

– Winds over 100 mph, torrential rainfall, ocean and sound flooding and a damaging storm surge are expected on the Outer Banks and western shores of the sounds.

– Hurricane force winds could be felt over the mainland almost to I-95.

– Heavy rainfall is possible as far west as central North Carolina and north-central South Carolina through Saturday afternoon.

– There has been a slight shift in the forecast beyond Saturday.

– It now appears Irene may hug the coastline potentially making a landfall not too far east of New York City Sunday evening.

– This new track means more people could have catastrophic impacts from Irene in the Northeast beginning Saturday night in southern Virginia and lasting into Monday in New England.

– Even though Irene should weaken some it will still bring hurricane force winds, extreme rainfall, significant coastal flooding and a tornado threat.

– Irene should be hitting the Northeast near the new moon when tides will be higher before adding Irene’s surge and wave action.

– Heavy rain could track as far west as western Virginia, western Maryland, central Pennsylvania and central and western New York.

– Widespread wind damage and power outages are likely throughout the Northeast.

August 22nd, 2011

Hurricane Irene Is Coming To America – First Hurricane In The Atlantic For 2011

Hurricane Irene became the first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season early Monday morning as it moved offshore of Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Irene is now forecast to become stronger over the next 5 days, since its center is expected to track over less land in the Caribbean, tracking toward Florida and the Southeast U.S. Thursday into the weekend.

Irene has already produced widespread tree and power line damage across Puerto Rico.

July 21st, 2011

Category 4 Hurricane Dora Coming To The West Coast

AT 06PM MDT FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER…

DORA CONTINUES TO RAPIDLY STRENGTHEN NOW A CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE…
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR MEXICO FROM LAZARO CARDENAS TO CABO CORRIENTES
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA IN THIS CASE WITHIN 12 HOURS OR SO.
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.”

July 20, 2011 9:43 PM Hurricane Dora is a Category 4 Hurricane well off the southern coast of mainland Mexico. Hurricane Dora is about 220 miles SSW of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico or about 558 miles southeast by south of Cabo San Lucas.

Tropical Storm Dora is located near 16.0N 105.4W and is moving 295° at 14kts. Central barometric pressure is estimated at 948Mb and winds are 115kts with gusts to 140kts. Eye diameter is 25 miles and hurricane force winds extend out 35 miles. Tropical storm force winds extend out as much as 130 miles in the NE quadrant. Hurricane Dora is now a dangerous Category 4 Hurricane. Forecasts call for Dora to continue to strengthen through tomorrow, peaking tomorrow morning as a Category 4 storm with winds in excess of 125kts.

Hurricane Dora is expected to continue to strengthen for the next 24hrs as the storm moves over very warm waters with optimal environmental conditions for development.

Hurricane Dora is forecast to move well to the southwest of the tip of the Baja peninsula. Dora is expected to have passed peak intensity as it moves very close to the Socorro Islands Friday morning. The NHC graphic shows Dora as a Major Hurricane on Friday morning where the forecast calls for Dora to have weakened to a Category 2 Hurricane and be about 225 miles south of Cabo San Lucas. For the next 24hrs Dora will skirt WNW and remain about the same distance away from the peninsula.

At the closest approach Dora will be more than 200 miles away from the closest point on the peninsula, according to the current forecast. Should this hold true even Cabo San Lucas will be more than 80 miles outside the tropical storm force conditions.

The span of Dora is large and it is possible that the southern most portions of the peninsula will see some rain from the system as it passes. More likely is that more northern portions of the peninsula will see increased clouds and the threat of rain as the storm dissipates well west of Baja.

Hurricane Dora strengthened rapidly on the afternoon of 7/20 and became a Category 4 Hurricane in the 6PM MDT interim release. Hurricane Dora was upgraded to Major Hurricane Status at Category 3 on the afternoon of July 20. Dora became a Category 1 Hurricane on the evening of July 19. Tropical Depression 4E formed off the coast of Guatemala on the morning of July 18, 2011 and was upgraded to Tropical Storm Dora mid day. Dora is the second Major Hurricane (one of Category 3 or greater) of 2011 and the fourth consecutive hurricane of 2011.

For more on the potential landfall of Hurricane Dora please see the latest release of the Hurricane Watch Report.