Near-Hurricane Keith.... Joyce
07:47 AM EDT - 30 September 2000
This morning, everyone is wondering about Keith and Joyce.
We'll start with Joyce for our friends in the East Caribbean. Joyce is weakened, but making a little bit of a rebound. Since Joyce had stayed weak, it has kept a more west track and will now probably enter the Caribbean itself crossing over the eastern islands as a strong Tropical Storm. Interests there must be prepared. In fact, there is a tropical storm watch for Barbados, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Tobago and Grenada. It's keeping south!
Now Keith... nearing Hurricane Strength, is still drifting somewhat slowly. The latest official projections have it clipping the NE coast of the Yucatan. So therefore a hurricane Warning is up the entire east coast of the Yucatan peninsula (Belize border north to Cabo Catoche) And a Tropical Storm warning is in effect for much of Belize.
After it clips, it is projected to take a long clockwise semi-loop in the Gulf. Which places it near the center of the Gulf of Mexico in 72 hours. After this, it is likely to bend back toward the east. At this point it becomes conjecture, but for the moment Florida's west coast may be under the gun from Keith. However, all the Gulf will need to watch. This season is known for strange things.
When in doubt, take the word of the National Hurricane Center and local officials.
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