Projected path of Hurricane Dorian (Google Maps)
Puerto Rico managed to avoid a direct hit from Hurricane Dorian but the Bahamas may not be as lucky with officials calling it a “life-threatening” storm.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Category 4 major hurricane has sustained winds of 240 km/h and could bring a powerful storm surge with large, powerful waves and up to 600 mm of rain to the northwestern Bahamas.
Forecasters say Dorian is expected to turn northward before it reaches Florida but storm impacts will be felt along the Southeastern United States coastline.
Florida has declared a state of emergency with tropical storm warnings in effect and some residents are being ordered to evacuate in case of coastal flooding.
Tropical cyclone activity is heating up and the latest named storm is tracking northeastward toward the Maritimes.
Tropical Storm Erin is currently off the coast of the Southeastern United States and is expected to be downgraded to a post-tropical system before reaching the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia by early Friday.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the heaviest rain, possibly 50 to 100 mm, will fall north and west of Erin’s track while the strongest winds will be to the east up to 90 km/h.
Meantime, Hurricane Dorian is churning in the Caribbean and forecasters say it will hit eastern Puerto Rico late Wednesday with heavy rain potentially causing flooding and landslides.
Atlantic Canada could feel an impact from Tropical Storm Chris which has formed off the coast of the Southeastern U.S.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the third named storm of 2018 will move northeastward and possibly strengthen to become a hurricane by early Wednesday.
The storm could weaken as it approaches Nova Scotia by Thursday.
The CHC notes there is still uncertainty in the forecast track and intensity of this system.
Beryl is the second named storm but first hurricane of the season and has been down downgraded to a tropical storm as it heads toward Puerto Rico.
Meantime, Environment Canada issued another heat warning for New Brunswick except the Fundy coast, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia as a warm, humid air mass pushes highs into the low 30s C with humidex values up to 38 on Monday.
The parade of hurricanes in the Atlantic continues with Maria making landfall late tonight over the eastern Caribbean island nation of Dominica as a powerful category 5 storm packing sustained winds of 260 km/h.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center is outlying a path for Maria which is eerily similar to the recent Hurricane Irma with the U.S and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico expected to be impacted on Wednesday.
Maria will be accompanied by a dangerous storm surge and between 300-500 mm (12-20 inches) of rain to some of the islands causing life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
Meantime, Hurricane Jose is still churning northward as a category 1 storm with heavy surf and rip currents along the U.S East Coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts.
Canadian forecasters say the remnants of Jose have already brought high humidity to the Maritimes and will give Nova Scotia persistent moisture and cloud cover as well as rough surf along the Atlantic coast.
Hurricane Irma is being called a “potentially catastrophic” category 5 storm by the U.S National Hurricane Center with maximum sustained winds of 295 km/h as it bears down on the eastern Caribbean.
The core of Irma is expected to move across the northern Leeward Islands overnight and will track close to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by late Wednesday and the Dominican Republic by Thursday.
A hurricane watch has also been issued for eastern Cuba along with northern Haiti, southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos.
Forecasters say Irma is increasingly likely to target Florida (now under a state of emergency) and parts of the American Southeast as a dangerous hurricane this weekend.
Tropical Storm Erika has claimed almost 20 lives in the Caribbean after almost 400 mm of rain fell over some islands including Dominica with fast-moving floodwaters sweeping cars and homes away.
High winds and heavy rains have also pounded Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic today.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Erika will likely impact Florida by Monday which has prompted the state governor to declare a state of emergency.
Forecasters say Erika will likely be downgraded by the time it reaches the U.S. mainland.
Tropical Storm Isaac is now churning in the Caribbean Sea near the French island of Guadaloupe and forecasters say it is on a path to Cuba and Florida.
The U.S. National Hurricane Centre says Isaac will likely strengthen to a hurricane by the time it reaches Florida.
Puerto Rico and other nearby islands are making preparations for the storm including closing ports and suspending flights.
Martinique had already been swamped by more than 80 mm of rain by this morning.
Hurricane Irene, 22 Aug 2011 (courtesy NOAA)
The first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season has battered the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and has the Dominican Republic next on its list.
Irene, with maximum winds of about 130 km/h, knocked out power to almost half of the island’s residents.
The storm is moving toward the Bahamas on a path that could take it to the U.S. mainland and Florida by week’s end.
The ninth named storm so far this year, Irene is bringing drenching rains with up to 300 mm expected in some areas.