Monday, August 30, 2010

One eye on Labor Day, other eye on tropics

Labor Day weekend is four days away, thank goodness.

The first weekend of college football, a trip to the casino in Brighton, a pool party with friends.

Definitely looking forward to it.

But there's one other thing I'm thinking about and I'm not the only one.

The tropical weather.

That is, any hurricanes headed our way?

Seems like Florida's always got a bullseye on it around this time of year.

It's no different now.

Danielle, Earl and Fiona looked like a freight train barreling across the South Atlantic the last several days.

Geez, how many can we dodge?

By Monday, Tropical Storm Danielle had already sailed up the east coast, remaining out at sea but kicking up deadly rip currents.

Hurricane Earl, meanwhile, has become a dangerous Category 4 and could become a killer Cat 5.

Right now the "Cone of Doom" has it skirting the east coast, with the chance of overrunning North Carolina's idyllic Outer Banks before it swings toward the northeast.

If it veers just a little west of its projected track?

Don't even think about it.

Then there's Tropical Storm Fiona, expected to follow the same path as the other two, curving up out of the Caribbean and veering north-northeast.

I've always liked that name -- Fiona is Gaelic for "fair" -- but I'll like it more when it's gone away north.

A Labor Day weekend free of tropical tempests would be a tropical delight.

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