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.
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  • by NE14ECU Location: Greenthrill on Sep 4, 2008 at 08:42 PM
    Here's hoping an unwelcome Hanna makes her way thought quickly without leaving any souvenirs. Praying for Ike and Josephine to go East-WAYYYY East!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 4, 2008 at 10:19 AM
    It has been a busy season thus far with some pretty unique storms. Faye actually strengthened and formed an eye AFTER making landfall in S. Fla!! (Probably because of the warm shallow waters of the Everglades). Now we have 3 systems churning across the Atlantic. One thing I HAVE noticed is that the forecast tracks this season have been more accurate overall than in years past. Having said that, each storm is unique and still highly unpredictable. I think Hanna's current track will mean some strong winds of 50mph for places like Greenville, especially given her rapid forward speed. Let's hope Ike doesn't curve up the coast or that he curves well before reaching the SE coast!

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