It has officially been a week since Irma visited the Island, Keys and the state of Florida.
Our community has truly come together as we have already filed three truckloads and a chopper down to the keys with our community partners. Big thanks to all of you who donated including our team at Broward Surfrider Foundation, Performance Nissan, the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce and Christian Skaters. You can continue to donate all month at Island Water Sports or Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce. If you would like to do a community collection in our area, email firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a drive. The Florida Keys and the Caribbean sustained significant damage. Clean-up and rebuilding will be a long-term project. Local volunteers are so important to this process. Please contact us if you would like to get involved.
All Eyes on Maria
With three active systems in the Atlantic, we now shift our eyes to Maria. Tropical Storm Maria formed Saturday in the tropics. Forecasters say that Maria is on a similar path to Hurricane Irma. Currently the storm is located about 400 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and is moving at about 15 mph toward the Caribbean, is expected to become a hurricane later today. Experts believe Maria could be upgraded to a Category 3 storm by Wednesday.
Hurricane watches have been issued for many areas that were already impacted by Hurricane Irma. Watches are currently in effect for Barbuda and St. Martin. Hurricane conditions are possible from the Lesser Antilles, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later this week. And, Maria may possibly strengthen into a major hurricane as it passes near the northeast Caribbean Islands. Although, it’s too soon to determine whether Maria will ever directly impact the United States, we will monitor it closely.
Impacting Those Already Hurt by Irma
This will be the third tropical system to impact the area in two weeks, following major hurricanes Irma and Jose during the first week of September. It is unlikely that the storm will reach Irma’s intense strength by the time it approaches. But, the fast pace of the storm means there is little time for preparations for islands that are struggling after Irma.
With the approach of Maria, seas will build along the east-facing beaches of the Leeward Islands through Monday. The islands can expect torrential rain and damaging winds that will increase on Monday night and into Tuesday. Some of the other islands that were largely spared from Irma’s wrath may take a direct hit from the storm. Please continue to pray for all who live in these areas.
According to the Weather Channel’s latest update:
Atmospheric conditions are favorable for Maria to strengthen, and it could become a hurricane as early as Sunday. Maria could then grow into a dangerous major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger) as it passes through the northeast Caribbean Islands by midweek due to a combination of low wind shear, a moist atmosphere and warm ocean temperatures.
Jose Brings a Swell to the Northeast
Hurricane Jose is still churning off the eastern seaboard of the US. But, it does not seem to pose a threat to land.
Meanwhile, Jose is still moving up the East cost of the US and kicking up a swell. Hatteras locals are enjoying the surf. Here’s a quick video courtesy of Surfline.
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