Rare Hurricane Pounds Cape Verde Islands


For the first time since 1892, a full-fledged hurricane is pounding the Cape Verde islands, as Hurricane Fred heads northwest at 12 mph through the islands in the far eastern North Atlantic. The eye of Fred passed just southwest of Boa Vista Island in the Republic of Cabo Verde (formerly called the Cape Verde Islands) near 8 am EDT Monday, with the northeastern eyewall likely hitting the island. The center of Fred is expected to pass over or very close to the northw...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3097">Read More</a>

Fred Heading for Cape Verde Islands; Ignacio Skirting Hawaii


Residents of the Cape Verde islands are going through a rare experience today--a hurricane warning--as Tropical Storm Fred intensifies in the far eastern North Atlantic. As of 2:00 pm EDT, Fred was located near 14.1°N, 20.7°W, or about 195 miles east of the Cape Verde capital city of Praia. Outer rainbands are already beginning to reach the islands. The National Hurricane Center upgraded the storm from Invest 99L to Tropical Storm Fred in its 5:00 am EDT advisory,...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3096">Read More</a>

Erika Dissipates


Tropical Storm Erika charged into the teeth of Hispaniola's high mountains on Friday night, and emerged from the encounter shattered, without a closed circulation, and is no longer a tropical storm. Measurements on Saturday morning from an Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft failed to find any tropical storm-force winds associated with Erika, and the plane did not find any westerly winds, showing the the storm had degenerated to a tropical wave.

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Erika’s Path Shifts West; Hawaii Still Watching Ignacio


Thumbing its nose at some of the world’s most skilled computer models and forecasters, Tropical Storm Erika cruised relentlessly almost due west through the northern Caribbean on Friday, failing to make a long-predicted northwestward turn toward the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center placed Erika's ill-defined center at 11:00 pm EDT Friday at 18.5°N, 72.9°W, or about 40 miles west of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Erika’s top sustained winds were set a...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3094">Read More</a>

Will Erika Survive its Traverse of Hispaniola?


Tropical Storm Erika is headed into the teeth of Hispaniola's 10,000-foot high mountains, as the storm marches west-northwest at 17 mph, spreading torrential rains and sustained winds of 50 mph along its path. The biggest danger of the storm to the islands is heavy rainfall; according to the Antigua Met Service, Canefield Airport on Dominica recorded 12.62" (320.6 mm) of rain in twelve hours on Wednesday night and Thursday morning from Erika, and the resulting heavy...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3093">Read More</a>

Erika Nears Puerto Rico with High Wind, Heavy Rain


Still poorly organized--but already deadly, and growing in size--Tropical Storm Erika is likely to cause problems in Puerto Rico on Thursday night into Friday. At least four people were killed by mudslides in the wake of Erika’s passage over Dominica. The capital of Roseau, on the island’s southwest coast, was hard-hit with major river and street flooding. According to weather.com, Canefield Airport on Dominica received 12.64” of rain between 2:00 am and 2:00 ...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3092">Read More</a>

Erika Floods Dominica; Major Uncertainties on Potential U.S. Impact


Heavy rains and strong gusty winds are sweeping through much of the northern Lesser Antilles Islands today as Tropical Storm Erika heads west at 16 mph. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft was in the storm Thursday morning, and at 8 am EDT found Erika's top surface winds were 50 mph, with a central pressure nearly unchanged at 1004 mb. The aircraft also found the center had jogged to the south by about 20 miles between 5 am and 8 am, a position which put the cent...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3091">Read More</a>

Erika Hangs on, With Big Uncertainties Ahead


After going through a rather sickly phase during the day on Wednesday, Tropical Storm Erika began to rally after sunset, a sign that it may yet survive--and perhaps eventually thrive--en route to a possible U.S. East Coast landfall. As of 8:00 pm EDT Tuesday, Erika was located at 16.7°N, 59.5°W, or about 150 miles east of Antigua. Erika remains a relatively weak tropical storm, with top sustained winds of around 45 mph. An Air Force hurricane hunter measured peak ...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3090">Read More</a>

Tropical Storm Erika a Potential Threat to the Bahamas and U.S. East Coast


Tropical storm warnings are flying for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and much of the northern Lesser Antilles Islands as Tropical Storm Erika speeds westwards at 17 mph. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft was in the storm Wednesday morning, and found Erika's winds had increased slightly, with top surface winds up to 45 mph from their previous 40 mph. Erika's tropical storm-force winds were all on the east and northeast sides of the storm. Satellite loops on W...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3089">Read More</a>

Slowly Organizing Tropical Storm Erika Prompts Caribbean Watches, Warnings


Tropical Storm Erika is not looking especially fearsome tonight, although it remains a longer-term threat for parts of the southeast U.S. coast and a more immediate concern for the Caribbean. At 11:00 pm EDT Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center placed Erika at 16.0°N, 54.4°W, or about 500 miles east of Antigua. WIth top sustained winds still at minimum tropical-storm strength (40 mph), Erika was moving just north of due west at around 18 mph. That healthy clip h...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3088">Read More</a>