Will devote this hurricane season to provide up-to-the-minute, basic information when a tropical system is threatening land. Both basins included.
By: hurricaneben , 12:10 AM GMT on August 18, 2012
A lot is kicking up in the tropics--at least in the Atlantic, that is.
Tropical Storm Gordon continues to speed towards the Azores Islands with winds at around 65 MPH. Residents there should really be prepared for rounds of nasty, squally weather as Gordon passes by as a borderline hurricane in the next 36 hours.
Tropical Storm Helene has regenerated and poses a major flood concern to NE Mexico residents. With winds of 45 MPH, slight additional strengthening is forecast before landfall sometime in the next 12 to 24 hours. Widespread rainfall amounts will total at 5 to 10 inches, with isolated amounts as high as 15 inches, that's enough to cause serious flooding so keep a close eye on the weather if you're in areas threatened/affected by Helene.
Models are generally all over the place with this system: a fraction of them recurve them out to sea, but some more reliable models make this a threat to the NE Caribbean. It's still an AOI over the eastern Atlantic but we will monitor its progress as conditions become increasingly favorable over the next few days. The NHC gives this only about a 20% chance of TC formation by Sunday evening.
I'll have an update tomorrow if possible.
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