Stuck in Between: Tropical Storm Sandwich

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.

Credit: WeatherBug Meteorologists

Credit: WeatherBug Meteorologists

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.

Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to continue along the same general west-northwest track over the next few days, remaining a tropical storm as it passes north of the Leeward Islands. By Monday night, it will be passing north of Puerto Rico, and could bring strong surf. However, any potential threats to the mainland U.S. would not be felt until the middle or end of next week. Residents of the East and Gulf Coast are urged to keep an eye on Dorian’s path through the weekend and next week.
Credit: minds-eye via Flickr

Credit: minds-eye via Flickr

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.

Credit: WeatherBug Meteorologists

Credit: WeatherBug Meteorologists

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.

Credit: John Gilchrist via Flickr

Credit: John Gilchrist via Flickr

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