Quantcast

Hurricanes At A Glance - KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo

Hurricanes At A Glance

Posted: Updated:

Hurricane season is in full swing and we have three devastating hurricanes currently swirling through the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Let's break down each hurricane as of Friday early afternoon and look at the forecast path for each storm.

Hurricane Irma: Hurricane Irma is the largest storm in diameter but no longer the largest in wind speed as Hurricane Jose has now matched the peak eye wall speed of 150 mph. Hurricane Irma is classified as a category 4 hurricane, meaning this storm will be capable of producing tremendous wind speeds up to 156 mph, flooding rains and most importantly, storm surge capable of leveling weak structures and taking lives. The track of Irma has been fairly consistent, most modeling has the storm keeping its category 4 intensity as it runs right up the Florida peninsula. There could be some track changes over the course of Friday afternoon and evening, especially if Cuba chews through some of the outer circulation. When Irma moves into the warm ocean water between Florida and Cuba, that will be its last chance to grow strong before it makes landfall sometime late Saturday night to early Sunday morning. Power outages will likely be wide spread, houses and structures will take heavy damage from the winds, and plenty of house and neighborhood street flooding will occur.

Hurricane Jose: Hurricane Jose jumped up to a category 4 hurricane from Thursday night into Friday morning meaning its wind speeds are at 150 mph. This storm is still pretty far east into the Atlantic Ocean but it could scrape up again the small islands next to Bermuda with any more of a westerly path. Hurricane Jose, while being massive and dangerous like Irma, seems to have a fairly consistent forecast path of being moved back out into the Pacific Ocean. Due to the lack of data being fed into our models on this storm (how do you take its temperatures and pressure in the middle of the ocean), we will probably see several changes in its forecast track. The worst case scenario would be for Hurricane Jose to follow Irma's path through the Caribbean islands and over towards Florida, but as mentioned, most modeling does not have that as the main solution.

Hurricane Katia: Hurricane Katie is a smaller, but still dangerous, hurricane spinning in the Gulf of Mexico just of the eastern coast of Mexico. Katia is a category 2 hurricane with wind speeds up to 100 mph. Hurricane Katia has already started to make landfall on the eastern coast of Mexico as of Friday afternoon. This storm will weaken considerably even through Friday night to a Tropical Disturbance by Saturday night. While this hurricane isn't as strong as Irma or Jose, it will still cause flooding along the Mexican coast with wind and possible storm surge damage.

Even through these storms aren't affecting Colorado directly, they will still affect all of us in one way or another. Gas prices will likely go up following these storms, and more donations of money, blood, and supplies may be needed to help those who couldn't get out of Florida. As always follow KOAA online and on TV for more updates on the storms.

WEATHER
Drive the Doppler
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Palmer Lake residents on edge after cyclist homicide

    Palmer Lake residents on edge after cyclist homicide

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 1:02 AM EDT2017-09-19 05:02:18 GMT
    Palmer Lake community responds to the homicide of missing cyclist Tim Watkins. (KOAA)Palmer Lake community responds to the homicide of missing cyclist Tim Watkins. (KOAA)

    The death of Tim Watkins has turned into a homicide investigation. Watkins' body found in the very place where he loved to ride on Sunday and there remain a lot of unanswered questions a day later. This news has most people on edge in the heart of Palmer Lake, with a strong warning from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office to remain vigilant. "It's a small town, you feel safe in a town like this, that's why people move here," David Tenace, a neighbor said. 

    The death of Tim Watkins has turned into a homicide investigation. Watkins' body found in the very place where he loved to ride on Sunday and there remain a lot of unanswered questions a day later. This news has most people on edge in the heart of Palmer Lake, with a strong warning from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office to remain vigilant. "It's a small town, you feel safe in a town like this, that's why people move here," David Tenace, a neighbor said. 

  • Woodland Park Aquatic Center prices irk large families

    Woodland Park Aquatic Center prices irk large families

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 12:21 AM EDT2017-09-19 04:21:26 GMT
    The brand-new Woodland Park Aquatic Center is nearing completion of construction, with an opening day set for Sunday, August 29.  "My whole entire family has been excited about this," said Vicki Johnson-Calzadilla.  "We've been waiting for it to come in."  However, Johnson-Calzadilla is among some in the community upset with the recently-revealed fee schedule for utilization of the aquatic center.  "Now that it's here, it's just not accessi...
    The brand-new Woodland Park Aquatic Center is nearing completion of construction, with an opening day set for Sunday, August 29.  "My whole entire family has been excited about this," said Vicki Johnson-Calzadilla.  "We've been waiting for it to come in."  However, Johnson-Calzadilla is among some in the community upset with the recently-revealed fee schedule for utilization of the aquatic center.  "Now that it's here, it's just not accessi...
  • Flights to four new destinations coming to Colorado Springs Airport

    Flights to four new destinations coming to Colorado Springs Airport

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 7:02 PM EDT2017-09-19 23:02:46 GMT

    Frontier Airlines announced it will begin service to Seattle, Minneapolis, San Jose and San Antonio from the Colorado Springs Airport starting next spring.

    Frontier Airlines announced it will begin service to Seattle, Minneapolis, San Jose and San Antonio from the Colorado Springs Airport starting next spring.

Powered by Frankly

© KOAA.com 2017, KOAA.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?