September 13, 2010

Atlantic Storm Update

The Atlantic Hurricane Season peak is here and Igor, with almost perfect timing, continues to strengthen.

Maximum sustained winds remain at 150 mph, making Igor a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Igor is moving to the west at 13 mph and its minimum central pressure is 27.61 inches or 935 mb.

Igor will continue moving westward, and will continue to feed off warm Atlantic waters. Along with little shear along its path, Hurricane Igor will continue to strengthen and could reach top-of-the-scale Category 5 hurricane later today.

Despite the rapid strengthening, Igor will remain at sea through at least the middle of next week. From there, the forecast models disagree on where it will go, with several of them directing the storm northward off the East Coast. Interests in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the East Coast should keep a close watch on the system as it gets closer to land by the middle and latter part of next week.

Elsewhere in the tropics, Tropical Depression 12 has become Tropical Storm Julia south of the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa. It is not expected to threaten any other bodies of land. Another strong tropical wave is also pushing through the eastern Caribbean, bringing rain to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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