Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Saturday Could Be Interesting.....

Based on the weather updates from The Weather Channel, we could be in for a doozy on Saturday....probably just as we are about to enter the swim! Fingers crossed..

The Weather Channel Update

"Low pressure off the South Carolina coast is getting better organized and is taking on tropical characteristics. The Air Force Hurricane Hunters will investigate this system to determine whether it is still mostly non-tropical, tropical or a hybrid.

Regardless of the designation of the system the impacts will be the same on the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast coasts. Strong winds are whipping up a frothy sea from Long Island south to Florida. Waves of 8 to 12 feet have been observed off the Carolina coasts and those should increase to 12 to 18 feet this afternoon and evening. Waves of 5 to 8 feet are possible from Cape Cod, Mass., south to Atlantic City, N.J., and from Cape Canaveral, Fla., south to Mimai and 8 to 12 feet are possible from Atlantic City, N.J., south to Ocean City, Md., and from Jacksonville, Fla., south to Cape Canaveral, Fla., through tonight.

In addition to the waves, strong winds of 25 to 45 mph with gusts over 60 mph are possible from southeast Virginia south to South Carolina by tonight. The strong winds may increase along the southern part of the North Carolina coast and northern part of the South Carolina coast Thursday if this system develops into a tropical storm.

A storm surge from this low pressure is already occurring with tides running 1 to 3 feet above average. The surge may grow to 3 to 8 feet above average during the height of the storm Thursday afternoon. If that occurs several coastal roads could be overwashed including North Carolina Highway 12 running along the Outer Banks.

Beaches from New England south to Florida will be eaten away from the combination of the wind, waves and high water.

A disorganized area of low pressure will slowly begin to move north, away from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico today and Thursday. However, some rain, heavy at times, will still be possible, especially today, over this region.

This will keep the threat for flash flooding and mudslides in place.

As this low pressure moves north, it has some potential to develop into a tropical depression as upper-level winds become a bit more favorable.

It is possible there could be some direct, or indicate impact to the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern Coast this weekend, where a coastal storm will already be in progress. This system will continue to be monitored closely."

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