Storm Pulse

September 2, 2010 by · Comments Off on Storm Pulse 

Storm Pulse, North Carolina. These clouds above look innocent and very beautiful and serene, but deny most destructive force the corner. Long time residents of the south coast to see these and know that it is time to prepare.

As we moved to North Carolina (literally) during Hurricane Hanna in 2008, weakened to a tropical storm by the time I felt in my broken down U-Haul on the shoulder of I-95 north of Richmond, VA. I had sent my wife and children ahead to stay with a friend in Greenville, North Carolina while waiting for nearly six hours in the rain playing with little food or water waiting for a crane to arrive. Arguing through several layers, Äúcustomer service, and agents of the AU on the phone, I was swayed by the winds 30-40 miles per hour.

What Earl has in store for North Carolina, only know Earl. We decided to ride out since we were only tangentially in its path, but our house that belongs in Beaufort, North Carolina is much, much closer to where Earl is expected to make landfall on the Outer Banks. Our tenants will update me as soon as possible after the storm passes, but my thoughts are with him and his family. Just moved here from Iowa, land of tornadoes, from near where I grew up.

We the people of Iowa is no stranger to disasters, floods and tornadoes AI are an annual occurrence. I saw twisters Äôve break apart neighboring houses AOS, cutting a swath through the neighborhood less than a mile from me. I, who knocked through Äôve on I-80 east bound through a funnel seeing landfall Nebraska westbound in my side mirrors. With the pedal to the floor I was only going 40 mph. Unpredictable paths and miniature scale of tornadoes is something comforting but in face of a major hurricane. When you know a hurricane is inevitable that you can evacuate, but ownership and memories tend to be flattened and there is nothing you can do to stop it.

We fear for our tenants, our home, and most importantly our friends in Carteret County. Unless last-minute changes to Earl, the trajectory of administrative officers should be safe for the most part. I will do my best to live and live-blog-tweet (@ kzelnio) events that can develop in Wilmington. You can follow on Twitter # BFTEarl continue our good friends south of the Scientific and fried Cruz Bomai as crouching in Beaufort. Here is the topic of a recent storm StormPulse with the prediction of wind speed of 8 pm Thursday evening. Wilmington may be just inside the area bursts of high wind.

National Hurricane Center Tracking

August 31, 2010 by · Comments Off on National Hurricane Center Tracking 

National Hurricane Center Tracking, U.S. National Hurricane Center said Monday that Hurricane Earl is becoming a powerful storm during the next day.

The hurricane has become so strong because of their stay in the Caribbean with winds of 105 mph.

“Hurricane conditions are spreading in the Northern Leeward Islands and will be extended westward in the Virgin Islands later today, officials said.

“Earl is expected to be a major hurricane tonight or early Tuesday.”

The National Hurricane Center in Miami is continuously monitoring the projected path of Hurricane Earl and warned that the Category 4 storm heads for the coast of the United States of America.

Earl is also believed to be headed toward North Carolina authorities have warned people of the state, which could be reached Friday afternoon.

Tropical Storm Alex

June 26, 2010 by · Comments Off on Tropical Storm Alex 

Tropical Storm AlexTropical Storm Alex:The first tropical storm of the season 2010 Atlantic hurricane has formed in the western Caribbean, hours after Hurricane Hunters found the area of disturbed weather was actually a tropical depression late on Friday.

Tropical Storm Alex has sustained winds of 40 mph with higher gusts up to 50 mph and was moving west-northwest at 8 mph from 7 am EDT Intermediate Advisory. Tropical storm winds extended 105 miles from the center of the storm.

Further strengthening of tropical storm Alex is expected to remain near or below a large ridge of high pressure, which will result in very favorable environment for continued development with light vertical wind shear.

Alex is less than 255 miles east southeast of Chetumal and Mexico and less than 200 miles east of Belize City.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Belize and the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico from Chetumal to Cancun.

The track forecast by the National Hurricane Center, the center of Alex will approach the coast of Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula late tonight or Sunday morning.

Along the way Alex, heavy amounts of rain of 4-8 inches with localized amounts up to 15 inches are likely in mountain areas, which could lead to life-threatening floods.

After making landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday, there is great uncertainty.

A persistent but sinuous ridge over the South has been responsible for the hot, dry conditions continued mainly for over a month could keep what remains of Alex after he moves out of the southwest Gulf of Mexico on Monday, moving west and / or northwest to the west, it will have on the mainland of Mexico and southern Texas or extreme but the forecast models show some weakening of the ridge, which would bring further north. In addition, due to environmental conditions remain very favorable for development, hurricane forecast models want to develop more quickly up the remains of Hurricane Alex. This is not likely in this time, but re-building is certainly possible.

The official National Hurricane Center’s forecast calls for Alex to return to the warm waters of the southwestern Gulf of Mexico Monday morning after weakening to a tropical depression Sunday. Here again is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm early Tuesday.

Regardless of route forecasts, all coastal residents should continue to monitor the latest information as it becomes available regarding the first tropical storm for the 2010 season of Atlantic hurricanes, Tropical Storm Alex.

Hurricane ida Path

November 8, 2009 by · Comments Off on Hurricane ida Path 

CANCUN, Mexico — Hurricane Ida swiped the resort city of Cancun on Sunday with bands of wind and rain as it steamed north toward the Gulf of Mexico, where officials issued a hurricane watch for coastal Louisiana and Mississippi.

Gusts of wind whipped palm trees and fishermen pulled their boats in and tied them down along Mexico’s Caribbean coast as rain and strong waves moved ashore in Cancun and neighboring Puerto Juarez. Tourists, meanwhile, tried to continue vacationing as usual despite the Category 1 storm.

“I figure probably in a couple hours we’ll be stuck inside,” said Julie Randolph, 40, a social worker from Ormand Beach, Florida, who braved the rain to jog along the near-empty beach.

Randolph said she was monitoring Ida’s progress on her iPhone. “I’m always concerned about storms, but I feel comfortable and safe in my surroundings,” she said. “We would have left if we felt threatened. We still can leave now.”

The Cancun airport was still open and there were no plans to close it, according to airport spokesman Eduardo Rivadeneira.

As winds picked up and intermittent rains intensified Sunday morning, restaurants and nightclubs near the waterfront began covering their windows with large pieces of plywood.

Officials said the worst of the storm would likely hit Cancun around midday. They advised residents to stay inside and avoid putting their trash out on the streets.

“Right now it is very, very calm,” Civil Defense director Ruben Avalos Gutierrez said. “The phenomenon is going to be very close. We will get rain and wind gusts.”

Ida had winds of about 90 mph (150 kph). The storm was passing about 60 miles (100 kilometers) offshore from Cancun, and 85 miles (135 kilometers) southwest of Cuba.

It was moving northwest at about 12 mph (19 kph) on a projected path that could have it arriving at the U.S. Gulf coast around Tuesday.

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, said Ida could become a Category 2 hurricane late Sunday.

It is expected to interact with a weakening cold front over open seas and will most likely be a tropical storm or perhaps a low-level hurricane when it gets to the Gulf Coast, said Jack Beven, a hurricane specialist at the center.

But when that will happen isn’t entirely clear, he said, which prompted officials to issue a hurricane watch for the coastline from Grand Isla, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama state line. The watch means hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours.

Parts of the Yucatan Peninsula remained under a hurricane warning, and a tropical storm warning was in place for the western tip of Cuba with heavy rains expected.

In El Salvador, Interior Minister Humberto Centeno reported 40 dead from flooding following three days of heavy rains that may be indirectly tied to Ida.

Dave Roberts, a Navy hurricane specialist at the hurricane center, said Ida’s presence in the Caribbean may have played a role in drawing the Pacific low pressure system toward El Salvador, causing those rains.

However, he said, “if there were deaths associated with this rainfall amount in El Salvador, I would not link it to Ida.”

Hurricane Ida passed through neighboring Nicaragua on Thursday, damaging or destroying about 500 homes, as well as roads, bridges and public buildings.