August 26, 2004

Heads up! Hurricane Frances is out in the Atlantic, westward bound

While the Southwest Florida coast continues to clean up from Hurricane Charley earlier this month, Hurricane Frances has formed out in the Atlantic Ocean.

As of 5P ET this afternoon, Frances is located near 13.7° North 46.4° West, or about 1000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. It's moving to the west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

Sustained winds on Frances are at 80 MPH.

According to the National Hurricane Center, forward motion is expected to decrease over the next 24 hours, while strengthening is also forcast, with Frances being expected to become a Category 2 storm by this time tomorrow.

Hurricane City is tracking the storm, but not expecting to do any livecasting just yet.

The current forecast track is expected to take Frances to the north of Puerto Rico, but of course, this is an inexact science.

Posted by mhking at August 26, 2004 06:09 PM
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