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September First Tropics Update: Erika Forms

by Mario Gomez

khou.com

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 27 at 11:12 AM

Hurr_JimenaSept1.jpg September is here and only one major hurricane is threatening any land masses and its Hurricane Jimena. Hurricane Jimena is passing only a 110 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Fortunately Jimena will miss the resort town but the mid Baja region will likely take a direct hit since the storm continues to move north. Jimena matches hurricane Bills category four winds of 135 mph that had formed this year in the Atlantic Basin. 94LSep1.jpg Meanwhile in the Atlantic Basin Tropical Storm Erika has formed just northeast of the Lesser Antilles. Tropical storm watches have been issued for St. Maarten . .Antigua. .Barbuda. .St Kitts. . Nevis. .St. Martin . .Anguilla and St. Barthelemy. Latest hurricane hunter data reveals surface winds of just over 50mph in storms just northeast of the center of circulation. Wind shear is about 15kts and that has had some impact on development since this weekend. The hurricane center based on hurricane hunter data and a broad circulation center just named the fifth storm of the year. Still there is reason for optimism in the gulf and the Caribbean since this storm will continue to drift northwest. For the next 8 to 10 days weather patterns won't change much allowing most Atlantic storms to continue on this track. A ridge in the north central gulf and a well entrenched Atlantic tropical ridge will steer most storms away from the gulf and Caribbean. WindShearSept1_2009.JPG

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