26 September 2004

Jeanne slams Florida, Lisa still no threat to land...

At about midnight local time, Jeanne made landfall near Port St. Lucie, FL as a 100kt CAT3 hurricane, very close to where CAT2 Hurricane Frances made landfall three weeks prior.  I attached a radar image from landfall as seen from the Melbourne radar.

Jeanne has since moved inland across the peninsula and will move over the panhandle later tonight.  It's too early to get an idea of the damage, but from the preliminary reports, it sounds very severe.  It is now a weakening 55kt Tropical Storm and the central Low pressure will continue to fill as it tracks northward over the southeast US states.

Lisa remains poorly organized, and is currently a 45kt TS.  With weaker vertical shear in the forecast however, she is expected to become a minimal hurricane in a few days, but still out in the open Atlantic, far from any land.  At 21Z, TS Lisa was located at 19.7N 46.1W.

For the first time in almost two months, there is nothing on the immediate horizon in terms of formation, so once Jeanne is over with in a day or two, Lisa will still be churning up the central Atlantic, and maybe all will be quiet for a brief time during this historical season.

Please visit my tropical Atlantic headquarters.

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