Monday, September 11, 2006

DC Damp, Cool
Florence's Fury Bashes Bermuda


Damp. The light rain and drizzle brought only a trace of accumulation to National and 0.02" to Dulles this morning. The low overcast and east winds have kept the temperature from getting beyond the upper 60s this afternoon, however.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Decreasing clouds, cool. Clouds will decrease by morning with lows in the mid to upper 50s. Tomorrow will feature a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the low 70s.

For the outlook through the rest of the week and the weekend, scroll on down to Jason's post below.

Tropical Topics

Hurricane Florence moved northward a little to the west of Bermuda this morning with maximum winds of 90 mph. The Bermuda airport reported sustained winds near hurricane force and gusts to 90 mph. Electric power was out for at least 23,000 customers. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but Jim Cantore was shown being dropped to his knees on The Weather Channel by heavy wind gusts this morning. The storm is expected to turn more eastward in the next couple of days, passing just southeast of Newfoundland. The storm's large size means that dangerous surf conditions will affect much of the East Coast, especially the Outer Banks.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 7 formed northeast of the Leeward Islands. It had maximum winds near tropical storm force at 35 mph this morning. Based on Air Force reconnaissance this afternoon, the storm was just upgraded to Tropical Storm Gordon with peak winds of 45 mph. It is predicted to turn northward and pass east of Bermuda by this weekend.


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Seasonal Outlook

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