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Florence moving away from Bermuda, Gordon named

Florence has finally started to move away from Bermuda and remains a category 1 hurricane with winds hovering around 90 mph. All considered, there has been very little change in strength over the last 24 hours, although weakening has begun. Despite the fact that Bermuda missed the center of the storm, it certainly took a good lashing from hurricane force winds today.

From here Florence is likely to pass harmlessly out to sea in the North Atlantic, possibly brushing Newfoundland and weaken. Brisk winds and high surf are likely along the eastern coast of North America this week.

A hurricane hunter reported this afternoon that TD Seven has strengthened into Tropical Storm Gordon with winds of 45 mph. While its satellite signature has improved slightly to show a weak storm, the winds are surprisingly brisk.

Gordon still has a small circulation but seems to be quickly organizing. The computer models are clearly lacking any consensus regarding a single forecast. At this point we may have to just wait for better guidance to come in using the new hurricane hunter data.

Model charts for Gordon are available at: http://thestormtrack.com/tropical/aal072006/

At this point Bermuda is likely to face the greatest threat from Gordon, but I don't expect much action there.


Posted by Bryan Woods | Permalink