Today the 24th of August, just as we commemorate the devastating impact of category 5 Hurricane ANDREW 22 years ago, Tropical Storm CRISTOBAL the 3rd named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season has reached tropical cyclone status over the southeastern Bahamas. Following is the announcement just issued by the National Hurricane Center earlier this morning
000 WTNT64 KNHC 241019 TCUAT4 TROPICAL STORM CRISTOBAL TROPICAL CYCLONE UPDATE NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL042014 620 AM AST SUN AUG 24 2014 ...DEPRESSION STRENGTHENS TO A TROPICAL STORM... NOAA AND AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT DATA INDICATE THAT THE DEPRESSION HAS STRENGTHENED TO TROPICAL STORM CRISTOBAL. THE MAXIMUM WINDS ARE ESTIMATED TO BE 45 MPH...75 KM/H WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SUMMARY OF 620 AM AST...1020 UTC...INFORMATION -------------------------------------------------- LOCATION...22.9N 73.3W ABOUT 40 MI...60 KM NNW OF MAYAGUANA ISLAND ABOUT 120 MI...190 KM ESE OF LONG ISLAND MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 325 DEGREES AT 9 MPH...15 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1002 MB...29.59 INCHES $$ FORECASTER BROWN
Cristobal is much better organized this morning and it shows potential for further strengthening over the next day or so as its forecast track takes it first on a northward track, and eventually on a gradual turn toward the northeast paralleling the USA Atlantic coastline in the next few days.
Looking eastward toward the Cape Verde Islands in the eastern Atlantic and Equatorial Africa there is some slight increase in tropical weather activity over ‘hurricane alley’ and the ‘tropical wave assembly line’. Satellite imagery taken earlier this morning show several stormy weather cells marching westward.
The historical peak of the annual Atlantic hurricane season is approaching, so the possibility is there for increased activity over the next 3 to 4 weeks. All interest around the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, in Florida, and the U.S.A. Atlantic coastline will do well to remain alert, be prepared and keep practicing mitigation as we keep an eye on the northern tropical Atlantic and the tropical-wave nursery over Equatorial Africa. We still have more than 50% of the official 2014 Atlantic hurricane season ahead of us.