Subtropical Storm Ernesto forms; rain chances drop in Orlando area

James Marshall
August 16, 2018

"There are still more storms to come - the hurricane season is far from being over", Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's center said last week in a call with reporters about the new forecast.

This is in stark contrast to what climate scientists were saying after a strong hurricane season in 2017 that spawned Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Storm Ernesto will bring with it a "Post-Tropical Cyclone" and we are expected to at least get the tail-end of the Subtropical Storm which has formed out in the Atlantic. The storm will move into the open Atlantic and be a fish storm with no impact to the United States. Tropical storm-force winds of 39 mph or more extend up to 35 miles from Lane's center, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, which monitors East Pacific storms.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is possible this week. Continuity prevents a higher forecast, but Lane seems destined to eventually become a category-4 hurricane like Hector.

"It's always great when we can take another name off that list without having to worry about any threats to home", said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "Let's not let our guards down though. hurricane season reaches its climatological peak next month".

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