August 26, 2010

Tropical Storm Earl Intensifying

UPDATED 5 AM EDT, August 26, 2010
Just as Hurricane Danielle strengthens in the central Atlantic, the fifth tropical storm of the season following in its wake is also intensifying this morning. Tropical Storm Earl just developed Wednesday morning in the eastern Atlantic, could become the season`s third hurricane early this weekend, but is still at least a week or more from any land mass.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, Tropical Storm Earl was located near 15.2 N, 34.8 W or about 695 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands in the eastern tropical Atlantic. This places it 3,000 miles east-southeast of Miami. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 45 mph and the system is moving to the west-northwest at 16 mph. The central pressure has dropped to 29.65 inches or 1004 mb.

Moving over warm water and with little upper-level wind shear in its way, Earl will likely become a hurricane late Friday or early this weekend. Although it is thousands of miles away from the Caribbean and the U.S. mainland, this system will need to be watched over the next week to 10 days as pushes westward. It is too early to tell who will get impacted by Earl, but current forecast show it sliding north of the Lesser Antilles by early next week.

Residents from the Caribbean to the Eastern Seaboard are urged to monitor this storm`s progress. With this season still expected to be a busy one, residents along the East and Gulf coasts are urged to make preparations, including finding the most efficient evacuation routes and putting together a hurricane preparation kit.

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