Very Active Tropics Continue…Tuesday Eve Update – 10pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday evening! At 10pm, the latest word from the National Hurricane Center is we have 2 tropical depressions and a major hurricane in the Atlantic Basin.

Hurricane Gaston has strengthened into a category 3 hurricane, with winds at 120mph. Fortunately, this one is moving away from the US, and will not have an impact on the US, as it moves towards the Azores this weekend.

Tropical Depression 8 is near the outer banks of North Carolina, but this system is moving away from land now. It should become a tropical storm over the next day or so.

Tropical Depression 9 in the central Gulf of Mexico is slowly moving north northwest, with a turn to the northeast expected tonight. TD # 9 should become a tropical storm at any time, with the chance of this becoming a category 1 hurricane before landfall Thursday evening in the big bend of Florida. A hurricane watch has been issued for the big bend of Florida in response to that risk. Wind should not be a huge deal with this storm. Flooding is more of a risk than wind, but we’ll carefully watch trends incase additional strengthening occurs.

Below is the National Hurricane Discussion and maps of Tropical Depression # 9:

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NHC Discussion on TD # 9:

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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At 1000 PM CDT (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Nine
was located near latitude 24.3 North, longitude 87.8 West. The
depression is moving toward the north-northwest near 2 mph (4 km/h).
A slow drift toward the north-northwest or north is expected tonight
and early Wednesday morning. A turn toward the north-northeast is
forecast to begin by Wednesday afternoon or evening. On the forecast
track, the center of the tropical cyclone will approach the
northwest Florida coast in the watch area on Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.
Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the
depression is expected to become a tropical storm on Wednesday,
and be near hurricane strength by the time landfall occurs on
Thursday.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches).


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK – TROPICAL DEPRESSION # 8
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At 1100 PM EDT (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Eight
was located near latitude 34.5 North, longitude 74.6 West.  The
depression is moving toward the northeast near 5 mph (7 km/h).  A
northeastward and then east-northeastward motion with an increase in
forward speed is expected during the next couple of days.  On the
forecast track, the depression will continue to move away from the
coast of North Carolina.

Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate
that maximum sustained winds remain 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 on
Wednesday.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1011 mb (29.86 inches).


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK – HURRICANE GASTON
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At 1100 PM AST (0300 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Gaston was located
near latitude 32.9 North, longitude 50.9 West.  Gaston is
moving toward the east-northeast near 10 mph (17 km/h).  An
east-northeastward or northeastward motion with an increase in
forward speed is expected during the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 120 mph (195 km/h)
with higher gusts.  Gaston is a category 3 hurricane on the
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Little change in strength is
expected tonight and early Wednesday, but weakening should begin by
late Wednesday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the
center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160
miles (260 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 956 mb (28.23 inches).

 

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
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