North America is getting sandwiched between two tropical storms — Dorian on the east and Flossie on the west!
Tropical Storm Dorian, the fourth tropical cyclone of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, is tracking westward across the central Atlantic and is still several days from threatening any land. It bears watching and could be a threat to the U.S. East or Gulf Coast later next week.
As of 11 a.m. EDT, Tropical Storm Dorian was located near 17.1 N and 43.4 W, or 1,295 miles east of the northern Leeward Island and more than 2,400 miles east-southeast of Miami. Its top sustained winds are 50 mph, and it is moving to the west-northwest at 21 mph. The minimum central pressure is 1006 mb, or 29.71 inches of mercury.
Not to be left out, the Eastern Pacific tropics are seeing action of their own. Tropical Storm Flossie is moving across the open Pacific Ocean, and could have a close encounter with Hawaii.
Tropical Storm Flossie is located about halfway between Hawaii and mainland Mexico. As of 8 a.m. PDT, Flossie was located near 16.1 N, 132.3 W, about 1,530 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii. Its winds are 50 mph, moving west at 18 mph.
Flossie is expected to move over cooler water in the open Pacific within the next few days, causing it to slowly weaken to a tropical depression. It is expected to be a weak tropical depression or have completely lost tropical characteristics as it slides near the Big Island of Hawaii early next week. Although it may not make a direct landfall, this may be close enough to induce heavy rainfall on Monday and Tuesday in Hilo and Mauna Kea.
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