Tropical update: Flossie, Dean and Erin
All of a sudden we have three tropical storms active, all with the potential to affect U.S. territory. Here's the morning line:
TS FLOSSIE: A 140 mph, Category 4 storm as recently as Saturday, Flossie has been weakening as it approached the Hawaiian Islands. It is now a tropical storm, sending wind, water and waves onto the islands, but skirting westward well south of the 50th state and apparently no longer a serious threat. Here's the latest advisory. Here's a satellite view. And here's the predicted storm track. And, here's what the newspapers are saying.
TS DEAN: The fourth named storm of the 2007 Atlantic season, Dean is steaming westward across the tropical Atlantic, headed for the Lesser Antilles, and the Caribbean, with some slim risk of a strike in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. It is still 1,000 miles east of the islands, but it is slowly strengthening, with top sustained winds for the moment at about 60 mph. At 74 mph it would become the season's first full-fledged hurricane. Here is a bit of this morning's tropical discussion from the National Hurricane Center:
"AS DEAN CONTINUES TO APPROACH THE LESSER ANTILLES IT WILL BEGIN TO
ENCOUNTER WARMER WATER AND LESS WIND SHEAR AND WILL LIKELY
BECOME A HURRICANE AS IT NEARS THE ISLANDS."
TROPICAL STORM ERIN: This storm system is boiling up in the central Gulf of Mexico (see photo above), north of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. It has strengthened enough today to become the season's fifth named storm - Erin. It is expected to come ashore in South Texas Thursday morning. Here is the latest advisory. here is the predicted storm track. And here is a satellite view.
And here's more from NASA on all three storms.