Fabian made nearly a direct hit on Bermuda Friday afternoon at about 5pm EDT as a strong CAT3 hurricane. The center actually passed just west of them, giving the tiny island the worst possible conditions for the longest possible time. Preliminary reports indicate widespread damage and four deaths. As of 21Z today, Hurricane Fabian is still very strong at 95kts and 960mb. He was located at 37.5N 59.3W and tracking NE at 20kts. He is not forecast to begin the extratropical transition until Monday morning, giving him more time to rack up Named Storm Days and Hurricane Days. He ended up accumulating 6.5 Intense Hurricane Days. TS Henri made landfall near Tampa, FL Friday afternoon (9/5) at about 7pm EDT as a disorganized Tropical Depression, but has since exited the peninsula and is back over open water... forecast to reintensify to a minimal TS again. The satellite presentation was very poor on Friday evening, but is slowly getting better organized. As of 21Z, he was at 29.4N 79.7W (80mi east of Daytona Beach) and tracking ENE at 15kts. Maximum sustained winds are 30kts and the MSLP is 1007mb. At 09Z today, the tropical wave I've been mentioning since this past Tuesday was upgraded directly to Tropical Storm Isabel, the 9th named storm of the season. In contrast to Henri, Isabel's satellite presentation is remarkable. She was located at 13.4N 35.4W as of 21Z today. Intensity was 45kts and 1000mb. The NHC forecast is for continued strengthening, reaching hurricane status by Monday morning, and tracking toward the northern Lesser Antilles later this week. Elsewhere, a new and impressive tropical wave has just exited the African coast and is presently at about 12N 20W and tracking W at 7kts. Given the favorable conditions and present appearance, it seems likely this 1010mb Low will organize and become TD14/Juan in the near future.
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