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Tropical Storm Bill (02L) East of Lesser Antilles

12.5N 47.8W

August 17th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Bill - August 15th, 2009

Tropical Storm Bill - August 15th, 2009

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Track of Bill - August 17th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Bill

As of 11 p.m. AST August 16 (0300 UTC August 17), Tropical Storm Bill (02L) was located within 30 nautical miles of 12.8°N 40.0°W, about 1320 mi (2120 km) east of the Lesser Antilles.

As of 0900 UTC, maximum sustained winds were 65 knots with gusts to 80 knots. Minimum central pressure was 987 mbar, and the system was moving west-northwest at 19 knots.

Bill began forming late on August 12, as a strong tropical wave associated with an area of low pressure moved off of the African coast with deep layers of moisture observed. Later that day, the wave became better organized with a low level circulation forming, but without any significant convection. That night, the area of convection became more concentrated, but wind shear increased since the previous advisory.

On August 14, the disturbance strengthened more and its convective bands became stronger with better circulation, and the NHC soon upgraded it to a tropical depression, the third of the year. Later, on August 15, even though some of its deep convection dissipated, it was officially named Bill, the second named storm of the year.

Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy (18L) Slams East Coast, USA – October 31st, 2012

40.4N 79.9W

October 31st, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Sandy (18L) – October 30th, 2012

As of 11 a.m. EDT (01500 UTC) October 30, Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy (18L) is located near 40.5°N 77.0°W, about 120 miles (190 km) ESE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and about 145 miles (233 km) west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Maximum sustained winds are 45 mph (72 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 983 mbar (hPa; 29.00 inHg), and the system is moving west at 10 mph (16 km/h).

Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane in diameter on record, with its winds stretching about 1,100 miles from end to end. About 8 million customers have no electricity spread over 18 states from Maine to Virginia as of midday October 30. About half were in New York and New Jersey. More than 13,000 flights were canceled across the U.S. on October 29, and more than 3,500 were called off October 30. Sandy crippled 25% of wireless cell towers and a quarter of cable services in 10 states. Storm damage was projected at $30 billion to $50 billion, meaning it could prove to be one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. As of October 30, 39 deaths have been reported in the U.S.

Clear Skies Over Philippines After Tropical Storm Nanmadol (14W) Passes

14.5N 120.9E

August 30th, 2011 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Nanmadol (14W) - August 30th, 2011

Track of TS 14W - August 30th, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 14W

The main image shows the Philippines after the passing of Tropical Storm Nanmadol (14W). The storm was churning towards China’s Fujian province at last report, as can be observed in the animated imagery.

Death toll from the tropical storm (known locally as Mina and internationally as Nanmadol) in the Philippines has climbed to 25, the country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said today.

NDRRMC executive director and concurrent Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos said their official fatality count for Mina stood at 25 people as of 5 p.m today, while 12 people remained missing and at least 30 others were injured.

The number of population affected by Mina stood at 70,820 families or 300,959 individuals, Ramos said, adding of the number, only 818 families or 3,713 persons were still housed in evacuation centers.

Ramos said the initial cost of damage to agriculture and infrastructure stood at P1.1 billion ($25.88 million), and the amount does not include 69 houses that were destroyed and 1,247 others that were damaged.

Situations in the country’s many areas affected by Mina began to normalize, except in at least six towns in provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, where residents continued to experience rainfall and flooding, said Ramos.

Irene (09L) Becomes Post-Tropical Near USA/Canada Border

51.9N 64.4W

August 29th, 2011 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Irene (09L) - August 29th, 2011

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Track of Irene - August 29th, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Irene

Hurricane Irene (09L) was a large and powerful Atlantic hurricane that left extensive flood and wind damage along its path through the Caribbean, the United States East Coast and as far north as Atlantic Canada.

Irene tracked just north of Hispaniola as an intensifying Category 1 hurricane, skirting the coast with heavy precipitation and strong winds that killed several people.

After crossing the Turks and Caicos Islands, the hurricane quickly strengthened into a Category 3 major hurricane while passing through The Bahamas, leaving behind a trail of extensive structural damage in its wake.

Curving toward the north, Irene skirted past Florida with its outer bands producing tropical-storm-force winds. It made landfall over Eastern North Carolina’s Outer Banks on the morning of August 27 and moved along southeastern Virginia affecting the Hampton Roads region.

After briefly reemerging over water, Irene made second US landfall near Little Egg Inlet in New Jersey during the morning of August 28, becoming the first hurricane to make landfall in the state since 1903. Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm as it made its third U.S. landfall in the Coney Island area of Brooklyn, New York, at approximately 9:00 a.m on August 28.

The most extensive damage within the United States occurred in the Catskill Mountains of New York State and in Vermont, which suffered disastrous flash floods. Throughout its path, Irene caused widespread destruction and at least 44 deaths; monetary losses to the Caribbean could be as high as US$3.1 billion according to preliminary estimates. Early damage estimates in the US are about $7 billion.

Bill Expected to Weaken but Still Produce Strong Winds over N. Atlantic

47.0N 50.6W

August 24th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Bill - August 23rd, 2009

Tropical Storm Bill - August 23rd, 2009

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Track of Bill - August 24th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Bill

At 5:00 AM AST (0900 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Bill was located about 190 miles (305 km) northeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

Bill is moving toward the east-northeast near 43 mph (69 km/hr). An east-northeast motion with some increase in forward speed is expected during the next day or two.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/hr) with higher gusts. The system has lost its tropical characteristics, and gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple of days.

Even though Bill is no longer a tropical cyclone, it is expected to produce a large area of storm and gale force winds over the North Atlantic during the next day or two. Currently, tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 315 miles (510 km) from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 980 mb (28.94 inches).