Monday Tropics Update

The tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic is now Tropical Depression 4. Conditions continue to be favorable for strengthening and the storm could become “Dean”. The visible satellite image below shows the storm in the lower right corner.

The National Hurricane Center forecast takes the storm into the Caribbean by the weekend as a hurricane.

Long range models are consistent in moving the storm into the western Gulf of Mexico next week.

In the Pacific, Flossie remains a powerful hurricane and is on track to pass just south of the Hawaiian Islands.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center indicates that “….BASED ON THE CURRENT TRACK FORECAST…INTENSITY AND RADII…THIS WILL RESULT IN WINDS OF TROPICAL STORM FORCE REACHING THE BIG ISLAND BY EARLY AFTERNOON TUESDAY. THEREFORE A HURRICANE WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII. WARNINGS MAY BE REQUIRED FOR THE BIG ISLAND LATER TODAY. THIS MAY TAKE THE FORM OF A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IF THE PRESENT TRACK FORECAST APPEARS TO BE VERIFYING. AT THE MOMENT…THE ISLANDS FROM MAUI COUNTY TO KAUAI COUNTY ARE NOT EXPECTED TO REQUIRE ANY TYPES OF WATCHES. HOWEVER…ANY SIGNIFICANT DEVIATION OF THE TRACK TOWARD THE NORTH MIGHT RESULT IN WATCHES…OR WARNINGS…FOR ADDITIONAL AREAS IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS….”

More hurricane information will be passed along on this blog. You can also watch InstaWeather Plus on WBAL-TV 11-2, Comcast Digital Channel 208 or on Verizon FiOS channel 860. InstaWeather Plus is also streamed on our web site, wbaltv.com. Neal, Sandra and Jay will have updates as well in our newscasts at 5-6 and 11pm, 5 & 6am and at Noon.

John Collins

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