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We sometimes spin off major hurricanes into new discussions so watch below main post for updates and links.
(Note: The most recent comments are at the bottom and all comments updates are dated. Some older comments may be edited out so members & visitors don't have to wade through too many updates.)
As of 11-Oct-2018 5p EDT:
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring several storms currently ... Tropical Storm Michael, Hurricane Leslie and Tropical Storm Nadine in the Atlantic ... and Tropical Storm Sergio in the Pacific ... and an area of low pressure in the Caribbean Sea.
Tropical Storm Michael is moving off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the U.S. late Thursday night and Friday after wreaking havoc from the Florida panhandle up through southeastern and east coast ~ read more about Michael response and recovery here
Hurricane Leslie has been meandering around the Atlantic for over a week and is heading back towards Africa, but she'll turn away and spin around in ocean again. (see graphic)
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible, but steady weakening is forecast to begin by Friday night.
Tropical Storm Nadine is about 645 miles (1035 km) west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands moving NW near 8 mph (13 km/h). Nadine is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure during the weekend.
This low pressure system is expected to move slowly westward toward Central America through early next week.
NHC says environmental conditions are forecast to support some slow development, however, interaction with land could limit the chance of formation once the system approaches Central America on Monday or Tuesday.
On the Pacific side, Sergio has weakened a bit and now a Tropical Storm nearing the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur tonight or early Friday and then moving over mainland Mexico by Friday evening.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. No significant change in strength is forecast this afternoon, but Sergio is over cooler waters and gradual weakening is anticipated.
Sergio is still forecast to reach the central Baja California peninsula as a tropical storm bringing rainfall that could lead to life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides within mountainous terrain. See more at www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Sergio
Also read about Florence response and recovery in the Carolinas
When a major hurricane occurs we may start a new discussion but for now, stay current on Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific activity in below comments. Also follow USFRA on Facebook since we share resources and updates there.
Keep in mind hurricane season runs from May/June through November so, if you live along the coast or know someone who does, use and please share these USFRA resources to learn how to prepare for hurricanes and storms:
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27-Sep-2018 - NHC is monitoring 2 storms currently ~ Hurricane Rosa in the Pacific and Tropical Storm Kirk moving into the Caribbean Sea ... more above
7-Oct-2018 5p ET - NHC is monitoring Tropical Storm Michael moving towards the Gulf of Mexico as it treks toward southeastern U.S. and Hurricane Sergio in the Pacific which may cross over Baja into AZ, NM and west TX ... more above
8-Oct-2018 5p ET - See above for latest NHC updates about Hurricane Michael heading into Gulf of Mexico and Hurricane Sergio in the Pacific near Baja...
9-Oct-2018 8a ET - Above updates on Hurricane Michael heading toward southeastern US (stay safe USFRA staff & members!) and Hurricane Sergio threatening southwestern US later this week.
10-Oct-2018 9a ET - Main post has updates on major cat 4 hurricane Michael targeting FL panhandle and beyond ~ stay safe all!
10-Oct-2018 5p ET - Hurricane Michael moves inland across southeastern U.S. ~ updates in main post
entire 2018 Atlantic hurricane season as seen from NOAA’s GOES-East (GOES-16) satellite