Fiona becomes post-tropical; Tropical Storm Ian forms in the Caribbean
Fiona is racing northward towards Nova Scotia and should arrive early Saturday morning
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - As of the 11 p.m. advisory, Fiona is no longer a hurricane, it is now a post-tropical low. The waves Fiona is creating will still create hazardous conditions along our coast through Saturday. Beach erosion, ocean over wash, high surf and a high threat of rip currents will be hazards beach goers face over the first half of the weekend before relaxing Sunday. Fiona was the strongest hurricane of the season thus far.
Tropical Depression #9 is now Tropical Storm Ian, currently in the Central Caribbean Sea. The storm’s track heads westward through Saturday before turning more to the northwest on Sunday. The current forecast has the storm strengthening in a hurricane as it moves into the eastern Gulf of Mexico early next week. It’s too early to predict what impacts the storm may have on eastern North Carolina, however rain drops look likely over the tail end of next week, rain that will be forced into the area by Ian.
Tropical Depression #10 has intensified and is now Tropical Storm Hermine. The center of Hermine formed over the far eastern Atlantic and will not affect the United States. Max winds are 40 mph and it is expected to push northwards over the weekend before turning westerly by next week.
As of the 11 p.m. advisory, Tropical Storm Gaston is still a tropical storm with winds holding at 60 mph. Gaston’s satellite presentation has not improved over the past several hours and is beginning to lose its tropical characteristics. Gaston will remain over the open seas of the Atlantic well away from Eastern NC over the next 5 days.
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