AN UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN SETS UP FOR THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES… THE REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM LEE MOVE N-NE… HURRICANE KATIA STRENGTHENS INTO A CATEGORY 3 STORM

The combination of tropical moisture brought up from the Gulf of Mexico from Tropical Storm Lee and a slow moving frontal system will bring us lots of clouds and a chance of showers and thunderstorms over the next few days. The heaviest rain associated with the remnants of Lee should stay to our west. However, a heavy downpour cannot be ruled out across our region. Inland areas may have flooding as several inches of rain are possible there. Severe weather is also possible but should be isolated in nature. This front is expected to cause Hurricane Katia to track just off our coast on Friday and Saturday. The upper level wind flow out ahead of the frontal trough should steer the hurricane more northward and then northeastward thus preventing it from making landfall along the East Coast.  Large swells and rip currents will be the primary hazards for coastal areas. This is the current thinking of the National Hurricane Center so just in case anything changes, you should monitor your local media. This is a major hurricane. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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