We're in the heart of hurricane season and actively tracking two hurricanes this afternoon. First and foremost, Hurricane Igor remains a powerful Category 4 storm, with winds in excess of 130 miles per hour. A gradual weakening trend will continue to take place as we go through time, but this will still remain a dangerous storm. Large swells will start to impact the east coast by the weekend and there will be an enhanced rip current threat as well. The latest computer models keep Hurricane Igor well out to sea, but Bermuda may receive a glancing blow or worse as this storm comes too close for comfort for the small island. Hurricane Igor has also been a very large storm and has spanned more than 1000 miles across, at times.
To the east of Igor, we now have Hurricane Julia. This hurricane is not nearly as intense, but is slowly gaining strength. This hurricane will only be a threat to the shipping lanes in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean as it begins to feel the influence of high pressure to the north. This will gradually tug Julia into the central Atlantic where it will gradually being to weaken. Again, no threat to any land areas with Hurricane Julia.
Finally, I'm watching an area of showers and storms in the western Caribbean Sea that could turn into our next tropical depression, possibly late on Tuesday. If it organizes and becomes a tropical storm, it would get the name Karl. There's certainly plenty to keep an eye on, but for now, none of these tropical entities pose a threat to the United States.
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