T.D. 8 Soaks Mexico, E. Pacific's Lorena Weakens
UPDATED 2 AM PDT, September 7, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
There has been no shortage of short-lived depressions and tropical storms in the Atlantic basin in 2013, and the eighth depression of the season will follow the same pattern for the start of the weekend. As if that weren`t enough, a weakened Lorena is skirting along Mexico`s Baja California coast as a depression, while former Gabrielle`s downpours continue to soak Hispaniola.
As of 4 a.m. CDT, Post-Tropical Cyclone #8 was located near 21.4 N and 99.3 W, or about 105 miles west-southwest of Tampico, Mexico. Its top sustained winds remain at 30 mph, and it is moving west-southwest at 7 mph. Post-Tropical Depression #8 has a minimum central pressure of 1009 mb, or 29.80 inches of mercury.
Post-Tropical Cyclone #8 will generate additional drenching downpours across the Mexican States of Veracruz, eastern San Luis Potosi and Tamaulipas this weekend even after meeting its demise. As much as 6 inches of rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides.
Meanwhile, the eastern Pacific`s Lorena is weakening while skirting along Mexico`s Baja California coast. As of 2 a.m. PDT, Tropical Depression Lorena was located near 23.2 N and 111.6 W, or 110 miles west of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and 120 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico. Its top sustained winds remain at 35 mph, and it is moving west-northwest at 8 mph. Lorena`s minimum central pressure is steady at 1007 mb, or 29.74 inches of mercury.
Ultimately, Lorena`s trek across cooler ocean water along Mexico`s Baja California coastline will cause it to lose its tropical characteristics today.
Finally, the remnants of Tropical Storm Gabrielle are located about 200 miles north of the eastern tip of Hispaniola. Although a hostile upper-level environment will inhibit further growth, it will still pack a punch of heavy downpours and gusty winds across parts of the southern and central Bahamas as it treks northwestward this weekend.
The remnants of Gabrielle will ultimately be swept away into the Central and eventually, North Atlantic Ocean by a cold front early-to-mid next week. It will pose no threat to land along the Eastern U.S.
Mid-September is the traditional peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, when tropical storms and hurricanes that can endanger the U.S. coastline most often form. Coastal residents should check their emergency preparation kits to make sure it is ready to go.
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