Storm Strengthening Off The Coast

Morning weather maps show low pressure off the mid Atlantic coast continuing to gain strength.  About 24 hours ago the storm had a central pressure of 1011 millibars as it was tracking east through the Gulf of Mexico, this morning the pressure is down to 992 millibars east of Hatteras.  A 19 millibar drop in pressure over 24 hours.  Not quite “bomb” status, which is a pressure drop of at least a millibar per hour for 24 hours, but the storm is expected to explode over the next 18 hours…by 1:00am Friday it is forecast to have a central pressure down below 976 millibars in a position just northeast of New York City, over coastal Connecticut.  As the storm rapidly intensifies and moves back toward the coast, we can expect the winds to steadily increase throughout the afternoon and into tonight.  The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for tonight and Friday.  West winds will likely become steady at 20-30 mph tonight with the potential for gusts to 60 mph.  Some snow may redevelop again, as well, with the possibility of 1-3″ Friday morning.

Tom Tasselmyer

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