03 September 2010

Earl passes close to US coast...

From Kate Musgrave:

Hurricane Earl passed east of NC early this morning as a Category 2 hurricane, before weakening further to a 75kt/961mb Category 1 hurricane at the 15Z advisory.  Earl is currently located about 175 miles NE of Cape Hatteras, NC, or about 350 miles SSW of Nantucket, Mass.  Earl continues to move NNE at 18kt and is expected to approach Cape Cod tonight as a hurricane, and reach Nova Scotia, Canada as a tropical storm tomorrow morning, before going extratropical in about 36 hours.  Hurricane warnings remain in effect for parts of the Mass coast, with hurricane watches for parts of the southern coast of Nova Scotia.  Tropical storm warnings range from NC to NJ, and parts of Long Island through portions of Mass, with tropical storm watches and warnings posted in Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.  While Earl has weakened significantly, from 120kt to 75kt in 24 hours, the area covered by tropical storm strength winds is extensive, up to 205 miles from the center of the system.

Tropical storm Fiona has continued to recurve and weaken as it approaches Bermuda.  As of 15Z it is 40kt/1010mb, moving NNE at 11kt.  Fiona is expected to continue its weakening trend, dissipating within 3 days.  It's center should pass closest to Bermuda in about 18 hours.

Tropical depression Gaston continued to weaken yesterday, dropping from a depression to a remnant low.  The area will be monitored for possible redevelopment over the next few days.  It is still expected to move to the W/WNW, approaching the Lesser Antilles in about a week.

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