Watching the tropics and Martha's Vineyard
The National Hurricane Center is watching an area of stormy weather far out in the tropical Atlantic that could become the season's next tropical depression, and later a tropical storm. If so, it would be named Phillipe, the 16th tropical storm of the season. The experts have forecast between 18 and 21 for the season.
In the meantime, Ophelia continues to pull, slowly, away from the Carolina coast today. All tropical storm warnings there have been dropped. It's all about the cleanup now. But the tropical storm warnings are posted now from Watch Hill, Rhode Island to Plymouth, Mass., including Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. That means those folks can expect winds topping 39 mph within the next 24 hours. The probability map seems to put the risk at about 40 percent. Here's the forecast for Edgartown, on the Vineyard. Batten the hatches.