Category 4 storm Hurricane Igor has exploded with development since yesterday. With winds of 150 mph, it is in a category that less than 10% of all storms reach. The eye is measured at 15 nautical miles across. Hurricane force winds extend 45 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend 175 miles away. See the latest images and forecasts in the slide show below.
At this strength, the storm has created it's own environment, and further strengthening is up to itself. The typical life cycle calls for an eye wall replacement, when the eye wall breaks down, and a secondary, larger eye wall develops and contracts. This causes a brief weakening in intensity. Since this has not happened yet, Igor may actually get a little stronger today to reach category 5 (winds over 155 mph).
The general track keeps this storm away from the Caribbean Islands, but large wave will impact Barbados to Puerto Rico. The track will curve it north and perhaps reach Bermuda by the weekend. While this should stay well off of the east coast, large waves once again will hit Atlantic Beaches before this weekend. See more in the slide show below.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Julia has formed off of the African coast. This has winds of 40 mph and planned to move over the wide open Atlantic behind Igor. Another system could form this week in the central and eastern Caribbean. The next name on the list is Karl.
Hurricane 2010 Forecast Pages
* 2010 Hurricane Season: Atlantic Names
* 2010 NOAA Hurricane season outlook graphics
* 2010 Hurricane Season: NOAA forecast for a very active year
* 2010 Hurricane Season: Accuweather calls for active year and major landfalls
* Hurricane Season 2010 forecast video: Chimp takes on NOAA
* Interactive Hurricane Tracker
Atlantic Hurricane Climate: Storm points of origin maps all season
The database for developing tropical storms for the Atlantic goes back to 1851, while the eastern Pacific dates back to 1949.
Hurricane Awareness Week Links
* Hurricane Awareness Week: History of storms 1900-1979
* Hurricane Awareness Week: History of Atlantic storms 1980-2005
* Hurricane Awareness Week: Storm surge highlights oil danger on Louisiana coast
* Hurricane Awareness Week: Inland Flooding
* What is Storm Surge?