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September 7, 2009

Coastal storm dogs beaches from O.C. south

East coast satellite view 

Last week's NWS forecasts for a sunny week having been, um, revised, the coastal low that's partly responsible for the change is threatening heavy rains, coastal flooding, strong winds and rip currents from Ocean City southward to the Outer Banks.

This is not a tropical storm, and forecasters say there's only a small chance it will become one. But it is a spoiler for anyone planning to enjoy some extended post-Labor-Day beach time. The weather service says winds will be running 15 to 25 mph along the coast, with surf in the 4 to 6-foot range, and a high risk of dangerous rip currents. Here's more on that.

There are also flood watches posted Monday night and Tuesday for portions of coastal Virginia and North Carolina. Here's more on that.

In the meantime, the 7th tropical depression of the 2009 Atlantic season has formed in the far eastern Atlantic. But it does not appear likely to become a threat to the western hemisphere.  Here is the latest advisory. Here is the forecast storm track. And here is the view from orbit.

If it does make it to tropical storm force, it will become Tropical Storm Fred.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 9:15 PM | | Comments (0)
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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff
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