Major Hurricane Floyd Continues to Strengthen... Tropical Storm Gert Forms in East Atlantic
10:57 AM EDT - 12 September 1999
NEW Intensity Update 4:30PM: Pressure has dropped to 940mb. Expect the windspeed to go up. More soon.
Intensity Update 3:00PM: Aircraft Recon have determined the central pressure in Floyd to be 944mb, which is a drop of 11mb since this morning. This is fairly significant and means that we may be seeing a category 4 hurricane tonight. Prepare to Prepare.
Mini Update 12:30PM: It looks like watches will be issued for parts of Florida Tomorrow. Timeframe for Floyd approach is late Tuesday Early Wednesday morning currently. The Current NHC Forecast track does not make landfall on Florida, yet. But it does place it close enough to Cape Canaveral for the effect of 100+ Mph winds to be felt along the coastline. Please keep this in mind as you prepare to prepare. If you notice on the satellite pictures, Floyd is elongated in the east/west direction. This is not a good sign for Florida. Keep watch.
Tropical Storm Gert has now formed in the East Atlantic and will track West over the next several days. There is a bit of time to watch this one as the main concern is somewhat closer.
Floyd is now up to 120MPH sustained windspeed around the eye, and looks good on satellite photos. It's still moving west at the moment, which raises the question... Will it effect Florida?
The discussion from earlier today hasn't changed, yet. But I must emphasize (again) that we should be prepared to get prepared if Watches/Warnings are issued for Florida. It is important to note that the new 72hour forecast position from the NHC places the center of Floyd less than 50 miles offshore from Cape Canaveral. It's going to be too close again.
Floyd is larger than Dennis. Remember this.
As always, feel free to comment, agree, disagree, ask questions, or post your own interpretation.
For East Central Florida residents and guests looking for more information such as Evacuation Routes and Planning tips see the following pages: [Brevard] [Volusia] [Flagler] [Indian River] [Inland] [News Media]
These have links to the county sites which gives evacuation information and shelter locations.
Also our links page has links to other areas in Florida -- look for the Emergency Management County pages.
For more information on Hurricane Floyd see the Current Storm Spotlight for Hurricane Floyd.
For more information on Gert see the Current Storm Spotlight for Gert.
NRL Monterey Tracking Site (Navy) -- Very nice forecast track graphics for Floyd.
Some Forecast models: (NGM, AVN, MRF, ECMWF, ETA)
DoD weather models (NOGAPS, AVN, MRF)
GFDL Model & Plot for Floyd and for Gert
Multiple Model Forecast Composite from Michael Bryson
Weather Channel Caribbean Sat Image
Intellicast Caribbean IR Loop
Intellicast Atlantic IR Loop
More Sat images:
Floyd Centered imagery.
[N.A. visible] (visible -- Daytime Only) [N.A. infrared] (infrared), and [N.A. water vapor] (water vapor)--Nasa source.