Saturday, May 26, 2012

Riders of the Storm (Final)

Here is the latest as of Saturday night

  • Hurricane hunters found winds of 50 mph
  • It will move SW and be near the warning area by Sunday
  • Little change in intensity is expected
  • Tropical Storm force winds extend out from center up to 90 miles
  • There are some storms within the center, but nothing appears to be impressive.

Beryl is about 290 miles E from Jacksonville, FL with 50 mph winds.

It is battling upper level winds that had been shearing it apart.

Everyone along the Southeast coast should remain vigilant as Beryl nears the coast.

What to expect:
They may get to tropical storm strength 39 mph and above as it nears the coast between Northern Florida and South Carolina. A warning has been issued for this area.

Storm Surge:
The combination of the push of water caused by Beryl and high tide will cause some flooding along the coast. The water could rise anywhere between 1-3 feet, with the highest level right where Beryl makes landfall and just to the north. Here the surge will bring large waves leading to coastal flooding. Of course the local waters will be choppy, boating is not recommended.

The Southeastern Coast could see accumulations anywhere between 3-6 inches.

So you ask, "What's a subtropical storm?".

A sub-tropical cyclone is a low-pressure system existing in the tropical or subtropical latitudes (anywhere from the equator to about 50°N) that has characteristics of both tropical cyclones and mid-latitude (or extra tropical) cyclones. Therefore, many of these cyclones exist in a weak to moderate horizontal temperature gradient region (like mid-latitude cyclones), but also receive much of their energy from convective clouds (like tropical cyclones).

The tail end of the Subtropical storm will also move west. This tail is loaded with moisture and could bring us a chance for storms both Sunday and Monday.

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