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Florida To Have A Wet Weekend From Tropical Storm Erika

The Sunshine State To Get Drenched By Storm

Tropical Storm Erika
Tropical Storm Erika is poised to pounce on Florida but at least it’s not a hurricane.


At least Floridians are not having to reason with a hurricane this early in the season.

But they will have to deal with rain and a wet weekend as Tropical Storm Erika is due to soak the entire state, bottom to top, when it arrives in the Sunshine State.

While Erika is not expected to hit Florida until Sunday, the entire state is going to be wet for an entire week, with possible thunderstorms starting Sunday in the south and reaching the middle and northern parts of the state by the middle of next week.

According to AccuWeather.com Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, Erika is a very disjointed tropical system at this time and is likely to weaken to a tropical depression as it crosses Hispaniola and part of Cuba Friday night into Saturday.

“If the center of Erika survives the mountainous terrain of Hispaniola and part of the land mass of Cuba, it should slowly reorganize back into a tropical storm this weekend as it drifts over open waters once again,” Kottlowski said.

“If Erica does not survive the interaction with Hispaniola and Cuba, it may never reorganize into a coherent tropical storm again and impact on Florida would be reduced.”

Impact from the central Bahamas to South Florida and the Keys will most likely be less than that of a hurricane and could be similar to a minimal tropical storm.

According to AccuWeather.com,should the system drift into the eastern Gulf of Mexico and avoid much of the Florida Peninsula it could strike the upper west coast of Florida at midweek, perhaps as a hurricane.

The last hurricane to hit Florida was Wilma in October 2005.

If the system survives as far north as Florida waters, there will be concerns farther north into the Southern states from the Carolinas to perhaps as far west as Louisiana.

There is also the chance the system stalls along the southern U.S. coast after negotiating Florida waters during the middle of the week. Conditions in this area will be favorable for intensification.

Tropical Storm Blanca Headed For Baja California & Cabo San Lucas

Rain, Wind & Small Craft Advisories In Effect For Mexico Coastline

Tropical Storm Blanca Baja California
The path of Tropical Storm Blanca in Baja California. Source: AccuWeather.com


A hurricane that formed in the Pacific Ocean will weaken into a Tropical Storm but will still be bringing rain, wind and small craft advisories to Mexico’s Baja, California.

On the target area: the popular Southern Californians’ resort town of Cabo San Lucas.

According to AccuWeather.com, Blanca should weaken to a tropical storm prior to making landfall, likely between Cabo San Lucas and Puerto San Carlos, Sunday night or early Monday morning.

These areas suffered widespread damage after Hurricane Odile made landfall across the region last year.

While paling in comparison to Odile at landfall, Blanca will still threaten Baja California Sur with torrential rainfall, dangerous surf and locally damaging winds.

Conditions will deteriorate in a south to north fashion across Baja California Sur Sunday through Monday with some rain even spreading to central parts of Sonora state, near Hermosillo.

Rainfall will generally total 75 to 150 mm (3 to 6 inches) across Baja California Sur, which threatens to cause flash flooding and mudslides.

Extremely dangerous surf and an inundating storm surge will pound the peninsula’s southern tip, south of where Blanca comes onshore. The coastline from Puerto San Carlos to Cabo San Lucas will also face the greatest threat of wind gusts between 65 and 95 kph (40 and 60 mph). Locally higher gusts cannot be ruled.

“The remnants of Blanca will inject another dose of moisture, in the form of showers and thunderstorms into the Southwest U.S. next week,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski,

Along with beneficial rain in some areas, too much rain could fall too fast to cause isolated incidents of flooding.

Hurricane Ana To Miss Hawaii But Drench Honolulu And Maui

Tourists Better Take Their Mai Tais Inside For Shelter

Hurricane Ana Hawaiian Islands
As this AccuWeather graphic shows, Ana will bring rain to the Hawaiian Islands.

If you’re vacationing in Hawaii the good news is that Hurricane Ana will bypass the islands.

The bad news is that you won’t be going back home with a suntan.

The weather forecast for Honolulu and Maui is for heavy rains and not just through the weekend. Honolulu is expected to be drenched for at least a week. Maui will get a break with some sunshine on Tuesday and Wednesday but the clouds return on Thursday.

As for Ana, the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center expects an area of high pressure will prevent the hurricane from hitting any of the Hawaiian islands.

Therefore the strongest and most destructive winds will be offshore. So there goes your chances for that romantic sunset cruise in Kanapali, Maui, or taking one of the booze cruises in Waikiki Beach.

The impacts of Ana’s presences in the area will spread across Hawaii in an east-to-west fashion late Friday through Sunday.

The Big Island, mainly southern areas, and Kauai are at greatest risk of experiencing flooding rainfall and tropical storm-force winds. Such winds could cause tree damage and power outages, while isolated mudslides may result.

Based on Ana’s current forecast path, downpours and winds of 40 mph could graze the other islands. Localized flash flooding and power outages would result, including in Honolulu and Hilo.

Rough and dangerous surf will develop throughout the islands.

So you’re going to have to enjoy your Mai Tais and other rum drinks from inside the bar rather than on the lanai.

Hawaii Weather, Waves Effected By Hurricane Iselle With Julio To Follow

Tropical Storm To Hit Big Island With Another One To Follow

The storm track of Hurricane Iselle as it approaches the Hawaiian Islands.

Like a Mai Tai that’s been left sitting in the sun, Hurricane Iselle will become weak, but it still will pack a punch when it hits Hawaii.

Heavy rain, strong winds andΒ  rough seas will affect all the islands, and will bring big surf during the second half of the second week of August.

However, it’s a second system, tropical storm Julio, that bears watching more closely. While Iselle is expected to become a tropical storm by the time it reaches Hawaii, AccuWeather.com warns that Julio is also churning over the eastern Pacific and is forecast to become a hurricane and track towards the Hawaiian Islands right on the heels of Iselle.

AccuWeather meteorologists believe that this storm will approach the chain of islands late in the weekend or early next week. However, the exact track that it will take remains uncertain.

According to Meteorologist Mark Mancuso, “Julio will be passing over waters churned up and cooled by Iselle, which argues for weakening after initial strengthening.”

It is possible that the impacts of Julio could be greater than those of Iselle, especially if it tracks just to the north of the islands.

However, even as a tropical storm, Iselle will still pack a punch. Heavy rain, gusty winds and building seas and surf will affect the islands during the second half of the week. There is a possibility of isolated incidents of flash flooding, mudslides and damaging wind gusts.

“Tropical storm-force winds will cause at least scattered power failures on the islands, including in the City of Honolulu,” said Mike Smith, Senior Vice President of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions.

The Big Island of Hawaii will be the first to feel the impacts from Iselle as it is forecast to reach the island by Thursday night, local time. It is expected to take a direct hit from the storm before passing just south of the smaller islands, such as Maui or Oahu. The northern and eastern portions of the islands will likely feel greater effects than the southern and western sides.



Remembering Claudene Christian HMS Bounty Crewmember and Friend

Bright And Ambitious She Always Knew How To Have Fun

A former USC Song Girl, Claudene started Cheerleader Doll Company.

I’ll never forget those eyes.

As blue as the most beautiful ocean, sparkling like stars in the moonlight.

Behind them, tho, was a resolve. A fierce determination to succeed.

Claudene Christian – who lost her life as one of the crew members who did not survive the sinking of the HMS Bounty during Hurricane Sandy – was as bright as she was beautiful. And she was plenty beautiful.Β  She was as feisty as she was friendly, as ambitious as she was adventurous.

When I heard the news, my heart sank. Claudene used to live in the building where I now reside in Manhattan Beach, CA. I always marveled at how she packed so much energy into that petite frame. She was a leader, independent and aggressive. She was not just smart – very smart – but also savvy. She started a business, fought to keep it against a giant company, sang in a band and even was part owner of a bar.

And all this by the time she turned 30.

Yet she also knew how to have fun. Enjoy what life presented to her. Claudene may have been moving in a dozen business directions at once, but she always took time to stop and smell the roses. And she would make sure that everyone around her – friends, strangers bystanders – were all having fun, as well. You were not out with Claudene if you were not smiling and laughing.

Claudene’s spirit remains in this apartment, as it does everywhere she went, and with everyone who loved her.

After attempting to digest the news – and doing a couple of interviews on Los Angeles TV stations – I stood on the deck and gave her a cheers. The very deck where she used to stand, giving cheers to others.

Cheers forever to you Claudene. From Manhattan Beach and beyond.


Hurricane Isaac Projected To Move Through Central Gulf of Mexico

Florida Panhandle, Alabama Gulf Coast and Louisiana Now In Storm’s Path

The projected path of Hurricane Issac as forecast by AccuWeather.com

Goodbye Tampa. Hello New Orleans?

Hurricane Isaac’s projected path is now not for the west coast of Florida – apparently just brushing the Republican National Convention in Tampa – and instead will roll up through the central Gulf of Mexico. That means it’s expected to hit shore in the Florida panhandle and perhaps swipe New Orleans and the Alabama Gulf Coast.

“Given Isaac’s current position and momentum in the Caribbean, the storm is much more likely to track into the Gulf of Mexico than to track along the east coast of Florida,” Dan Kottlowski, head of the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center, said.

He added that the Gulf Coast communities that lie from eastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle are now at greatest risk of becoming Isaac’s eventual target around Tuesday night of next week.

Kottlowski predicts that starting Sunday evening, outer rain bands will start sweeping across the Florida Keys as Isaac approaches. Heavier rain and tropical storm-force winds will follow for the Keys and all of South Florida, including Naples and Miami, Sunday night into Monday.

Squally showers and thunderstorms will continue to spread northward across the Florida Peninsula through Tuesday as Isaac makes its northward trek through the Gulf of Mexico. Such squalls will contain flooding rain, tropical storm-force wind gusts and isolated tornadoes.
Both coastlines of Florida could face beach erosion and coastal flooding.

The southeastern coast (specifically Miami) will be faced with the danger as Isaac approaches, while the western coast will be threatened after Isaac passes by to the north.

As Isaac approaches, winds circulating around the storm will drive ocean water onto the southeastern coast as offshore winds do the opposite along the southwestern coast.