Tracking the tropics 2022 | Your source for hurricane and tropical storm watch updates
Staying ahead of current tropical storms and hurricanes is crucial. Not only do you have to be prepared for any damage that might occur, but you mentally and physically need to be ready for whatever happens next. Staying ahead of the curve means knowing every upcoming storm and how it is tracking.
The WRAL Severe Weather Center is tracking the tropics to help you and your family be ready for any scenario.
Category 4: Hurricane Fiona has caused 8 deaths, headed for Bermuda
Hurricane Fiona remained a Category 4 hurricane on Friday, according to the 2 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said the storm is likely to remain a Category 4 hurricane for several days. The storm is moving north/northeast at 21 miles per hour and is 185 miles west of Bermuda.
WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said Fiona could downgrade to a Category 3 storm by Friday morning.
The U.S. asked all family members of government staff stationed in Bermuda to leave the island as Hurricane Fiona approached.
The 65,000 people living on the island had just hours to prepare for the hurricane. The worst they’ll see of the storm arrived Thursday night and will last through Friday morning. Drone video from inside the storm shows Fiona pounding Bermuda with heavy rains and winds.
Authorites in Bermuda opened shelters and closed schools and offices ahead of Fiona, with Premier David Burt urging residents to “take care of yourself and your family.”
Fiona is expected to affect parts of Atlantic Canada as a hurricane-force cyclone late Friday and Saturday. Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been issued for parts of Atlantic Canada. The Canadian Hurricane Centre issued a hurricane watch over extensive coastal expanses of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
Eight people have died as a result of Fiona so far – including a sick baby in Puerto Rico whose mother couldn’t get to a hospital in time to save her child.
Hurricane Fiona’s indirect impacts on NC: Multiple rip-current rescues amid red flag conditions
There are warnings along the coast of North Carolina and Bermuda on Thursday morning as Hurricane Fiona threatens more destruction along its path.
Fiona is hundreds of miles from the North Carolina coast, but it’s being felt in waves. Fiona caused some danger at North Carolina beaches on Thursday as three rip-current rescues were made near Wrightsville Beach on Thursday among red-flag conditions.
Wrightsville Beach is currently under a high surf advisory, in effect until midnight Friday.
Waves upwards of 4 to 7 feet high are possible in the surf zone for North Carolina’s southern beaches, and waves from 7 to 11 feet high are possible from Morehead City and along the Outer Banks. Winds could gust up to about 30 mph along the coast late this week.
Swimming at this time is not recommended. At Wrightsville Beach, there are no posted lifeguards. The Ocean Rescue Captain says beach-goers are more than welcome to hit the sands, but getting in the water is a risk.
It is also possible structures associated with the home, including wires, pipes and septic systems, could become exposed or hazardous.
Tropical Depression Nine: Could impact Florida coast as category 2 hurricane
Currently 615 miles east-southeast of Jamaica with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, Tropical Depression Nine’s forecast cone includes southern Florida as we head into next week.
The current forecast shows it growing into a Category 2 hurricane before possibly passing over Cuba and impacting the Florida coast around Wednesday or Thursday.
It could hit just between Tampa and Miami according to current projections.
“Keep in the mind the track can shift a little bit,” said WRAL meteorologist Anthony Baglione.
We will have more fine-tuned forecast as we head through the weekend and into early next week, but Tropical Depression Nine is worth keeping an eye on.
Tropical Depression becomes Tropical Storm Gaston
Tropical Depression 8 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Gaston. This system is expected to stay over the open waters of the Atlantic and is not likely to directly impact land.
Gaston will likely move north/northeast and and continue to dump rain over the ocean.
Swells generated by Gaston could affect the Azores later this week. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Could Hermine be next?
A tropical wave is producing shower and thunderstorm activity a few hundred miles east of the Windward Islands.
The system continues to show signs of organization and it will likely become a tropical depression within the next two or three days.
This system would likely be named Hermine.
There is a chance this system could cause trouble in the the gulf and even possibly for central North Carolina.
“Once this Caribbean system actually develops, we’ll get a better idea of where it’s going to end up in the long term,” said WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell.
The system is expected to strengthen as it moves into a deep layer of warm ocean water, which is favorable for development. We’ll be monitoring this storm closely.
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How to prepare for hurricane season
From late spring through the fall, there is always the chance that a hurricane will form in the Atlantic Ocean and impact North Carolina. While rough surf and overwash is a danger along the coast, hurricanes can bring torrential downpours, inland flooding, downed trees and even tornadoes to the Triangle.