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Prepare before a Watch or Warning is issued and be ready to evacuate when the Watch comes or earlier if so instructed.
An Approaching Storm
As a storm approaches, you should prepare your house and your yard. Some things to consider:
If you have time, help your neighbors. Debris in their yards can easily impact your home and yard.
During a storm.
After a Storm
1. Move life jackets and first aid kits to house
2. Remove cushions and lose items (e.g. boat tops) and move to garage
3. Anchor hatch covers
4. Move to maximum davit height, fasten cables
5. Unplug davits/lifts
6. Turn off outside electricity to davits
7. For our Boston Whaler: put in main plug on boat (take out other plugs)
8. Tighten down davit locks
9. Tie down boat with dock lines
Active tropical cyclones in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico
Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook-
ABNT20 KNHC 020550
TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
200 AM EDT TUE SEP 2 2014
For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently
upgraded Tropical Storm Dolly, located over the southwestern Gulf
An area of low pressure could form between the west coast of Africa
and the Cape Verde Islands by Friday. Environmental conditions are
expected to be conducive for additional development through the
weekend while the system moves westward at about 15 mph.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.
Public Advisories on Tropical Storm Dolly are issued under WMO
header WTNT35 KNHC and under AWIPS header MIATCPAT5.
Forecast/Advisories on Tropical Storm Dolly are issued under WMO
header WTNT25 KNHC and under AWIPS header MIATCMAT5.
Summary for Tropical Storm DOLLY (AT5/AL052014)- ...RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATES DEPRESSION HAS STRENGTHENED INTO TROPICAL STORM DOLLY OVER THE BAY OF CAMEPECHE... As of 1:00 AM CDT Tue Sep 2 the center of DOLLY was located near 22.4, -94.4 with movement NW at 10 mph. The minimum central pressure was 1007 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 45 mph.
Tropical Storm DOLLY Public Advisory Number 2A-Issued at 100 AM CDT TUE SEP 02 2014
000 WTNT35 KNHC 020549 TCPAT5 BULLETIN TROPICAL STORM DOLLY INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 2A NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052014 100 AM CDT TUE SEP 02 2014 ...RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATES DEPRESSION HAS STRENGTHENED INTO TROPICAL STORM DOLLY OVER THE BAY OF CAMEPECHE... SUMMARY OF 100 AM CDT...0600 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...22.4N 94.4W ABOUT 220 MI...360 KM E OF TAMPICO MEXICO MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 310 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1007 MB...29.74 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY... NONE SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * TUXPAN TO LA PESCA MEXICO A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA...IN THIS CASE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE. DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ------------------------------ AT 100 AM CDT...0600 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM DOLLY WAS RE-LOCATED BY AN AIR FORCE RESERVE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT AND NOAA BUOY DATA NEAR LATITUDE 22.4 NORTH...LONGITUDE 94.4 WEST. DOLLY IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH...17 KM/H...AND THIS GENERAL MOTION SHOULD CONTINUE THIS MORNING. A TURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED BY THIS AFTERNOON. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF DOLLY WILL APPROACH THE COAST OF MEXICO WITHIN THE WARNING AREA BY TONIGHT...AND MOVE INLAND BY WEDNESDAY MORNING. REPORTS FROM THE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT AND SATELLITE-DERIVED WIND DATA INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 45 MPH...75 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 36 HOURS UNTIL DOLLY MAKES LANDFALL. TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES...95 KM... MAINLY NORTHEAST THROUGH SOUTHEAST OF THE CENTER. THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1007 MB...29.74 INCHES. HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- RAINFALL...DOLLY IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 10 INCHES ACROSS SOUTHERN TAMAULIPAS...NORTHERN VERACRUZ...AND EASTERN SAN LUIS POTOSI MEXICO THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING. THIS RAINFALL COULD CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES IN AREAS OF MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA BY TONIGHT. NEXT ADVISORY ------------- NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...400 AM CDT. $$ FORECASTER STEWART/BERG
Tropical Storm DOLLY Forecast Advisory Number 2-Issued at 0300 UTC TUE SEP 02 2014
000 WTNT25 KNHC 020235 TCMAT5 TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 2 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052014 0300 UTC TUE SEP 02 2014 CHANGES IN WATCHES AND WARNINGS WITH THIS ADVISORY... NONE SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * TUXPAN TO LA PESCA MEXICO A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS. TROPICAL DEPRESSION CENTER LOCATED NEAR 21.0N 93.9W AT 02/0300Z POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 40 NM PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE NORTHWEST OR 310 DEGREES AT 9 KT ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1007 MB MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 25 KT WITH GUSTS TO 35 KT. WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT. REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 21.0N 93.9W AT 02/0300Z AT 02/0000Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 20.6N 93.5W FORECAST VALID 02/1200Z 21.7N 95.1W MAX WIND 30 KT...GUSTS 40 KT. FORECAST VALID 03/0000Z 22.3N 96.6W MAX WIND 35 KT...GUSTS 45 KT. 34 KT... 40NE 40SE 0SW 40NW. FORECAST VALID 03/1200Z 22.7N 98.1W...INLAND MAX WIND 40 KT...GUSTS 50 KT. 34 KT... 60NE 60SE 0SW 30NW. FORECAST VALID 04/0000Z...DISSIPATED REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 21.0N 93.9W NEXT ADVISORY AT 02/0900Z $$ FORECASTER BROWN
Tropical Storm DOLLY Forecast Discussion Number 2-Issued at 1000 PM CDT MON SEP 01 2014
000 WTNT45 KNHC 020236 TCDAT5 TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE DISCUSSION NUMBER 2 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052014 1000 PM CDT MON SEP 01 2014 The depression appears to be gradually organizing this evening as deep convection has developed over the eastern portion of the large circulation. Last-light visible satellite pictures suggested that the center of the depression has likely reformed farther north, which is not surprising given that the depression is still in its formative stage. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the depression in a few hours, and this should assist in determining the center position overnight. Dvorak estimates from TAFB and SAB still support an initial wind speed of 25 kt. Although the depression is forecast to strengthen some on Tuesday, moderate northwesterly shear and dry mid-level air are likely to inhibit significant intensification before landfall. None of the reliable intensity models show much strengthening and the NHC forecast is unchanged from the previous advisory. The somewhat uncertain initial motion is 310/9 kt. The dynamical model guidance indicate that the depression will turn west- northwestward on Tuesday to the south of a mid-level ridge along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast. The guidance is in good agreement on this scenario and the NHC track is close to the middle of the guidance envelope. The updated NHC forecast track is slightly north of the previous advisory due to the more northward initial position. Once inland, the cyclone is forecast to quickly dissipate over the mountains of eastern Mexico. The primary threat from this system is expected to be heavy rainfall, which is likely to cause flash-flooding and mud slides over portions of eastern Mexico. FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS INIT 02/0300Z 21.0N 93.9W 25 KT 30 MPH 12H 02/1200Z 21.7N 95.1W 30 KT 35 MPH 24H 03/0000Z 22.3N 96.6W 35 KT 40 MPH 36H 03/1200Z 22.7N 98.1W 40 KT 45 MPH...INLAND 48H 04/0000Z...DISSIPATED $$ Forecaster Brown
Tropical Storm DOLLY Wind Speed Probabilities Number 2-Issued at 0300 UTC TUE SEP 02 2014
000 FONT15 KNHC 020236 PWSAT5 TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES NUMBER 2 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052014 0300 UTC TUE SEP 02 2014 AT 0300Z THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 21.0 NORTH...LONGITUDE 93.9 WEST WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR 25 KTS...30 MPH...45 KM/H. Z INDICATES COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME (GREENWICH) ATLANTIC STANDARD TIME (AST)...SUBTRACT 4 HOURS FROM Z TIME EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT)...SUBTRACT 4 HOURS FROM Z TIME CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME (CDT)...SUBTRACT 5 HOURS FROM Z TIME WIND SPEED PROBABILITY TABLE FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS CHANCES OF SUSTAINED (1-MINUTE AVERAGE) WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST ...34 KT (39 MPH... 63 KM/H)... ...50 KT (58 MPH... 93 KM/H)... ...64 KT (74 MPH...119 KM/H)... FOR LOCATIONS AND TIME PERIODS DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS PROBABILITIES FOR LOCATIONS ARE GIVEN AS OP(CP) WHERE OP IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT BEGINNING DURING AN INDIVIDUAL TIME PERIOD (ONSET PROBABILITY) (CP) IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT OCCURRING BETWEEN 00Z TUE AND THE FORECAST HOUR (CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY) PROBABILITIES ARE GIVEN IN PERCENT X INDICATES PROBABILITIES LESS THAN 1 PERCENT PROBABILITIES FOR 34 KT AND 50 KT ARE SHOWN AT A GIVEN LOCATION WHEN THE 5-DAY CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 3 PERCENT. PROBABILITIES FOR 64 KT ARE SHOWN WHEN THE 5-DAY CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 1 PERCENT. - - - - WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES FOR SELECTED LOCATIONS - - - - FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM TIME 00Z TUE 12Z TUE 00Z WED 12Z WED 00Z THU 00Z FRI 00Z SAT PERIODS TO TO TO TO TO TO TO 12Z TUE 00Z WED 12Z WED 00Z THU 00Z FRI 00Z SAT 00Z SUN FORECAST HOUR (12) (24) (36) (48) (72) (96) (120) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - LOCATION KT BROWNSVILLE TX 34 X 1( 1) 2( 3) X( 3) X( 3) X( 3) X( 3) GFMX 250N 960W 34 X 2( 2) 2( 4) X( 4) X( 4) X( 4) X( 4) LA PESCO MX 34 X 3( 3) 17(20) X(20) X(20) X(20) X(20) TAMPICO MX 34 X 8( 8) 14(22) X(22) X(22) X(22) X(22) TAMPICO MX 50 X X( X) 3( 3) X( 3) X( 3) X( 3) X( 3) TUXPAN MX 34 X 4( 4) 5( 9) X( 9) X( 9) X( 9) X( 9) $$ FORECASTER BROWN
Tropical Storm DOLLY Graphics-
5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:50:37 GMT
Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:03:47 GMT