Monday, September 01, 2008

Gustav, Hanna, and T.D. 9!

Gustav made landfall around 10:30 Monday morning near Cocodrie, Louisiana as a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale with winds sustained at 110 mph.

Down the road Hanna is expected to become a hurricane and the track on this storm carries it north towards the Georgia, South Carolina boarder by late this week. There's a lot of uncertainty about Hanna's official track and should be monitored closely by everyone in Central and Eastern North Carolina. If the current track should pan out then we would see an increase in heavy rain and the potential for severe weather this weekend.

Not to be out done, a brand new system is being tracked in the open Atlantic and should become Tropical Storm Ike by later today or tonight. The possible track of this storm takes it west and has it becoming a hurricane by later this week as well. This track is also highly likely to change, but anyone on the East Coast of the United States needs to monitor this eventual storm for a strike early to the middle part of next week.

All of this activity is coming together at the apex of the hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin. I wouldn't be surprised to see at least two more storms coming together over the next week or so. Even though they may not pose an immediate threat to the U.S., the 2008 season is proving to be as busy as anticipated.

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