Erika Forms

A disorganized Tropical Storm Erika – the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season – is a little weaker with maximum sustained winds of near 45 miles per hour as it approaches the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, according to the latest report from the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Early today the center of Erika was located about 160 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands. Since its formation Tuesday, the storm has been moving generally westward near 7 miles per hour, but it is expected to turn west-northwest at a slightly faster forward speed over the next day or so. Because the 2009 Atlantic  season has featured just one hurricane so far, the temptation is to say danger over. But let’s not speak too soon. Hurricane season activity generally peaks in early to mid-September. Our fellow bloggers over at the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) Disaster Safety Blog remind us that the trends since 2000, with the exception of 2005, have shown an average of eight additional named storms after August 30. So on this basis, we have at least  four named storms to go and the season is far from over. Check out I.I.I. facts and stats on hurricanes.

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