Tropical Storm Earl Follows on Charley's Path
Sat Aug 14, 2004 07:32 PM ET
MIAMI (Reuters) - While Florida tallied the devastation from
Hurricane Charley, two more tropical storms gathered strength in
the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday.
Tropical Storm Earl took aim at the Windward Islands and was
expected to grow into a hurricane as it spun across the Caribbean
sea toward western Cuba and the Gulf of Mexico.
The five-day forecast issued by the U.S. National Hurricane
Center put Earl on a path similar to Charley's, with the storm
approaching the Gulf of Mexico by Thursday. But forecasters
cautioned it was too soon to predict where it would go from there.
"The projections out that far can have large
errors," said hurricane center meteorologist Dan Brown.
Tropical storm warnings were posted on Saturday for the
Caribbean islands of Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and St. Lucia, alerting residents to
expect storm conditions within 24 hours and prepare for up to 5
inches (13 cm) of rain.
Earl was about 375 miles east-southeast of Barbados, near
latitude 10.8 north and longitude 54.5 west. It had top sustained
winds of 40 mph and was moving west-northwest at 24 mph.
Its current path could later threaten Cuba, where four
people died and 1,129 houses were destroyed by Hurricane Charley,
and Jamaica, where one man died in flooding wrought by Charley.
The other tropical storm, Danielle, was far out in the
Atlantic about 300 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands
and was expected to curve to the northwest on a path that would
keep it far away from land.
Danielle had top winds of 65 mph (104 kph) and was expected
to reach hurricane strength of 74 mph by Sunday.
The Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane season runs from June 1 to
Nov. 30 but is typically busiest in August and September.
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