Colleagues, The forecasts continue to be holding true.
FORECAST: By tomorrow afternoon, HURRICANE IGOR will be a weakening major hurricane with winds of about 115 mph 1,000 miles east of Miami. It is moving NW now at 10 mph. and the trajectory is for a continued northward swing and a landfall in Bermuda early Monday morning with winds about 100 mph. Be aware of periodically heavy surf from North Carolina north, much like Bonnie earlier this year. Some rip currents, but near the US coast not unlike what is often experience by passing strong frontal systems or winter "Bombs".
HURRICANE JULIA is now only a Category one hurricane, also recurving (turning north) and weakening, no longer a hurricane after today. It is in the mid Atlantic.
HURRICANE KARL is about 30 off the coast of central Mexico coming ashore this afternoon (actually already starting) as a Major Hurricane. There it will quickly die (in one day). Major damage along the coast.
DISCUSSION: IGOR is gradually weakening and will, begining next week, becoming extratropical. IGOR is rounding the ridge now.
NEXT FORECAST: Saturday morning.
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