Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Tropical Storm Jeanne forms in Atlantic

Although not officially Hurricane Jeanne yet, we are watching Tropical Storm Jeanne which formed yesterday.

ASSOCIATED PRESS 10:44 a.m. September 14, 2004
MIAMI – Tropical Storm Jeanne formed in the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday and was expected to hit Puerto Rico by Wednesday morning, bringing strong wind and heavy rain.
Because of Jeanne, the National Hurricane Center posted tropical storm warnings for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis.
Jeanne could be packing sustained winds of 60 mph and drop 9 inches of rain when it hits Puerto Rico, center forecasters said.
"It's not the same as Ivan, but it is certainly threatening weather," forecaster Rafael Mojica said.
At 11 a.m. EDT, Tropical Storm Jeanne had top sustained winds of 40 mph and was expected to strengthen. It was centered about 135 southeast of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and was moving west-northwest at about 12 mph.
Forecasters predict Ttropical Storm Jeanne could hit or skim past the Dominican Republic on Thursday, Haiti on Friday and move over the eastern tip of Cuba or into the Bahamas by Saturday. There is a chance the storm could hit Florida early next week. Mojica said it could become a Category 1 hurricane Jeanne with winds topping 74 mph by Saturday.
Jeanne is the 10th named storm to form in the Atlantic this tropical storm season, which began June 1. Three have hit Florida, and Hurricane Ivan is threatening to hit the Panhandle later this week.
Hurricanes Charley and Frances caused up to $20 billion in damage to Florida and killed at least 50 people when they struck the state. Tropical Storm Bonnie caused minimal damage when it struck the Panhandle.