August 11, 2004

Tropical Storms Bonnie & Charley threaten SE US

Tropical Storm Warnings and Hurricane Watches are up along the Florida Panhandle as Tropical Storms Bonnie and Charlie bear down on the Gulf Coast.

As of the 11 AM ET update, TS Bonnie has max winds of 50 MPH is about 235 miles SSW of the mouth of the Mississippi River, moving NNE at 6 MPH. The National Hurricane Center expects Bonnie to gain strength and pick up speed over the next 24 hours. Landfall is expected tomorrow afternoon along the Florida panhandle.

TS Charlie is just short of hurricane strength, and expected to become a hurricane later this afternoon. Charlie is in the Caribbean 175 miles SSE of Kingston, Jamaica, and moving WNW at 18 MPH. Hurricane Warnings are up in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and the western portion of Cuba. With Charlie being expected to turn to the north soon, a Hurricane Watch is along the western coast of Florida from the Keys and Dry Tortugas northward.

Charlie is expected to make landfall along the west coast of Florida near Tampa Friday evening.

Hurricane City, one of the more comprehensive storm-watching sites on the web, is set to begin streaming live content later this afternoon.

(Linking to today's Beltway Traffic Jam at OTB)

Posted by mhking at August 11, 2004 12:43 PM

God speed; those who might have to evacuate, weather the storm or abandon vacation plans!

Obviously, Tropical Storms/Hurricanes are serious; but I sincerely hope THE ELITE MEDIA uses reserve with their "in your face" reporting, useful idiots in "harm's way," and bulletins released in order to preclude "dead air."

Be safe all; including Dolphin's Marina and Cedar Key!


Posted by: Sergeant America at August 11, 2004 03:35 PM

Dude, thanks for the link.
Bonnie was a bust, Charlie may be something else.

Stay dry.

Catz (in Tallahassee, Florida)

Posted by: catzmeow at August 12, 2004 01:47 PM
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