HolyCoast: Irene Could Be a Problem for the Entire East Coast of Florida

Monday, August 22, 2011

Irene Could Be a Problem for the Entire East Coast of Florida

The latest forecast cone for Tropical Storm Irene is bad news for Florida's east coast:
The previous forecast cone had the center of the storm running right up the middle of the Florida peninsula, keeping the center of the storm over land. If it's going to hit Florida, that would be a preferred path because it would cut the center of the storm off from its warm water heat source, thus weakening the storm.

The new path shows the center of circulation remaining over water just offshore, and should it take that path and remain over the warm Gulf Stream waters, the storm will not only retain hurricane strength but could get a lot stronger. It could also rake the entire east coast of Florida with hurricane force winds and driving rain. Not a good scenario for all the beach cities.

It may curve enough to avoid a major hit on Miami, but areas north of there could be in for a rough week.

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