Maria and Nate Could Reach US

Tropical storms Maria and Nate have joined Hurricane Katia in the Atlantic Basin.

Maria is located over the central Atlantic Ocean, while Nate is positioned over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Current indications are that Maria and Nate have a shot at wandering close enough to the east coast of North America to bring heavy rainfall to troubled areas dealing with flooding.

Hurricane and Tropical Weather Coordinator Dan Kottlowski states that Maria in the central Atlantic and Nate in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico are concerns.

“One or both of the systems has a window of opportunity to reach the Eastern U.S.,” Kottlowski said.

“Steering flow in the region could allow Nate to wander northward this weekend into next week,” Kottlowski said.

At the same time, steering flow over the central Atlantic could guide Maria farther west than Katia, perhaps bringing it close to or over the southern Atlantic coast later in the month.

There is a risk for two new back-to-back rainmakers along the Atlantic Seaboard around the middle of the month.

“Given how wet things are or will continue to get this week in the wake of Irene, and then Lee, the worst-case scenario is we have renewed flooding from one or both new systems, even without measuring the strength of both features in terms of wind and wave action,” Kottlowski added.

Irene brought flooding to parts of the Northeast. Lee has flooded part of the Southeast and now the mid-Atlantic and Northeast as well. Even in the wake of both Lee and Irene, streams and rivers will remain high, setting the stage for more trouble with flooding if any tropical system wanders nearby.

Even though Katia will likely re-curve well to the east of the Atlantic Seaboard, this does not mean that people in the same area should let their guard down for the balance of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. – Accuweather

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