Summary of 11:00 AM EDT
Tropical Storm Richard
Location: 16.2N 80.4W
Distance: 205 miles ENE of Cabo Gracias a Dios n Nicaragua/Honduras Border
Maximum Sustained Winds: 40 mph
Movement: SE at 6 mph
Minimum Central Pressure: 1006 mb
The Hurricane Hunters have been investigating for some time this morning and have found enough data to justify upgrading from tropical depression to tropical storm. This is the 17 tropical storm of the season. The center of Richard is located to the west of the heaviest thunderstorms, but organization has been improving throughout the morning.
Gradual strengthening will occur while shear decreases and the possibility of dry air inhibiting development in short term. In a couple of days, high pressure will build over Richard allowing for shear and dry air to diminish. There are a couple of models that develop Richard into a major hurricane and brings him ashore between in a few days. This scenario is not out of the question and depends on Richard’s developmental process.
At this point it is too early to know for sure what will occur.
Stay tuned for more information tomorrow morning.
to pass by very closely or even make landfall by late Sunday/early Monday as a major hurricane.
Elsewhere in the Tropics:
There is a tropical wave off the coast of Africa that will not threaten the islands nor the U.S.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a meteorologist nor a professional; just a weather enthusiast. For the experts please go to: www.nhc.noaa.gov.