First Hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season? – Weather Trends International
The end of August looks to turn tumultuous in the tropics as Weather Trends International is tracking a disturbance that is expected to become the first hurricane of the 2011 season and the first to potentially strike the U.S. since 2008.
Bethlehem, PA (PRWEB) August 20, 2011
For the first time on record there have been seven tropical storms to start off the Atlantic Hurricane Season without any of them strengthening into a hurricane. However, the first hurricane of the season may be just around the corner as we approach the climatological peak of the season. Over the past several days, computer forecasting models have been indicating that a tropical disturbance currently over the Atlantic Ocean will organize and strengthen as it approaches the Caribbean during the latter part of this weekend. While the system doesn’t look impressive on the attached satellite image taken on Thursday, August 18th, the storm has the potential to attain hurricane strength over the next 5 days. The current track of the storm would take it on a path from the Windward Islands to Puerto Rico, across Hispaniola, and into Cuba. Should the storm follow this path, it will lose some strength due to the terrain influences of the islands, however, the storm could retain hurricane-force strength as it emerges from the Caribbean and heads towards the U.S. mainland. At this time, southern Florida appears to stand the greatest risk of a land-falling system, but any slight deviation in the track of the storm over the next 5 to 10 days will alter the track. If the storm strikes the U.S., several tracks take it over the parched Southeast from Georgia to the Carolinas where it will help to quell the drought.
Since it is too early to pinpoint an exact track of the storm, all interests in the Caribbean, eastern Gulf of Mexico, and the Southeast Coast from Florida to the Carolinas are strongly advised to carefully monitor the situation over the next week and to take precautionary actions ahead of the storm. The last hurricane to strike the U.S. was Hurricane Ike in 2008; Given the large span of time since a U.S. hurricane strike, everyone in hurricane-prone areas are urged to review emergency plans now and resist complacency. For retailers, Atlanta, GA would be an ideal location to preposition emergency supplies like plywood, bottled water, first aid kits, batteries, and flashlights as this will allow for a speedy dispersal of emergency inventory to both the Gulf of Mexico and the Southeast Atlantic Coast.
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