Wed Sep 03 17:43:28 PDT 2008
Tropical Season Explosion
There are three named tropical systems in the Atlantic and at least one of them has eyes for North Carolina.
The tropical Atlantic Ocean is absolutely exploding with activity tonight. Hanna seems to be organizing about 900 miles SSE of the North Carolina coast. Early projections take the storm into southeastern North Carolina by Saturday as a Category 1 storm. Keep in mind that intensity forecasting is not as good as track forecasting and this storm could be much stronger than 80 to 90 mph at landfall. Some notable reasons for greater development include above normal ocean temperatures and very little wind shear. Hanna should be moving at a fairly good clip as she moves through the area but her punch could be hard. Hurricane Ike has been developing rapidly today and will likely become a major hurricane over the next few days. The storm is still some 2,000 miles off the coast could threaten some portion of the Southeast by the early part of next week. Josephine is a much weaker storm and far out to sea. We'll have a lot of time to watch her. As of today we have 10 named storms and the mid-part of the season is still a week away. The average number of tropical storms and hurricanes each year is only 10.