Tropical Storm Noel

Tropical Storm Noel developed yesterday with winds at one point up to 60 mph. It has since weakened with winds at about 50 mph, though some strengthening is possible. Noel has brought very heavy rainfall with life threatening flooding to Hispaniola, Haiti, eastern Cuba and the Bahamas.

Noel is expected to continue to move to the northwest for the next couple days and then make a turn to the northeast on Wednesday. At this time the forecast calls for Noel to make a turn to the northeast before reaching the Florida peninsula; however, a slightly slower turn could result in a Florida landfall.

Here is the latest track from the National Hurricane Center:

Even though it may seem a little late for tropical activity, hurricane season officially ends on November 30th. In some cases we’ve even seen tropical activity after this date. One example is in 2005 when Tropical Storm Zeta developed in late December.

Vivek
Meteorologist Intern

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