Very Active Tropics Continue.. Monday Update – 8am #alwx @wvua23

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Above is a current view of the Atlantic basin, and there is a ton of tropical action to talk about. We’re nearing the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, so this is to be expected. We have Major Hurricane Gaston in the central Atlantic, moving away from land and into the open Atlantic. Tropical Depression # 8 (far west Atlantic between Bermuda and North Carolina) is making a run for North Carolina before turning back out to sea in a few days. Tropical Depression # 9 (southeast Gulf of Mexico) should become a tropical storm at any time and will likely impact Florida this week, with a cross over northern Florida sometime Thursday or early Friday. We’ll be on the north side of the storm, so drier air will get pulled into Alabama, which will feel nice. I don’t expect a direct Alabama impact at this time. We’re watching a tropical wave coming off Africa, which has a good chance of becoming a tropical storm. Another tropical disturbance just off the Texas coast remains weak and development is unlikely there. So, lets get to each storm one by one. I’ve got a track on each and a discussion from the National Hurricane Center.

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DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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At 500 AM EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Nine was
located near latitude 23.5 North, longitude 83.9 West. The
depression is moving toward the west near 9 mph (15 km/h). A turn
toward the west-northwest is forecast today, followed by a
slow northwestward motion on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the
center of the depression will be passing north of the north coast
of western Cuba today, and moving farther into the southeastern Gulf
of Mexico by tonight.

Data from a NOAA reconnaissance aircraft indicate that the maximum
sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Some
strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the
depression could become a tropical storm later today or tonight.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches).

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DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Eight
was located near latitude 32.9 North, longitude 73.2 West. The
depression is moving toward the northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h).
This general motion with a slower forward speed is expected later
today, with a turn toward the north forecast on Tuesday or Tuesday
night. On the forecast track, the center of the depression will be
near the Outer Banks of North Carolina late Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher
gusts. Slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and
the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by tonight.

The minimum central pressure reported by the Air Force Reserve
Hurricane Hunter is 1011 mb (29.86 inches).

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DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Gaston was located
near latitude 30.8 North, longitude 55.2 West. Gaston is currently
drifting northward. A turn toward the northeast and a faster
forward speed are expected later today or tonight, and an
east-northeastward motion is expected on Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 115 mph (185 km/h)
with higher gusts. Gaston is a category 3 hurricane on the
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional slow weakening is
forecast during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles
(220 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 960 mb (28.35 inches).

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
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