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July 22, 2010

New tropical depression heads for Gulf Coast

NOAA/NHCThe National Hurricane Center says the stormy region that's been dumping heavy rain on Puerto Rico in recent days has become the third tropical depression of the 2010 Atlantic season. It appears headed through the Florida Straits toward the Gulf coasts of Louisiana and/or Texas in the coming days.

That will make it problematic for the thousands of boats and crew members working to secure the BP Deepwater Horizon well, drill the two relief wells and scoop up as much spilled crude as they can. Then there are the thousands deployed across the region on hundreds of other oil rigs.

On the other hand, northern Louisiana badly needs the rain.NASA

TD-3, now in the Bahamas, is expected to become the second named tropical storm of the season, earning the name Bonnie when its sustained winds reach 39 mph.

Tropical Storm Warnings have already been posted for the southern tip of Florida, including the Florida Keys and Florida Bay.

That means tropical storm conditions are expected there within 36 hours.

Here is the latest advisory. Here is the view from orbit

(NASA image)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 12:11 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Hurricanes



Bonnie is now born .. Wonder why she is not projected to gain strength .. still early in the gulf. ??

Fran In Baltimore

FR: High-altitude "shear." Conditions will improve as Bonnie moves west, but I don't think the storm is projected to reach hurricane strength. More later.

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