Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tranquil weather

We will get a much deserved break in the weather department for the next 48 hours as high pressure dominates the forecast. Skies will be sunny across the region with seasonable highs in the mid 20's. This will give the Northeast, Ontario and Quebec a chance to dry out. Hydro Quebec restored power to the remaining 8000 homes yesterday from 250,000 at the height of Irene on Sunday night. Up and down the east coast about 3 million are still without power and the death toll stands at 43. Evacuations are still taking place in New Jersey as flood waters crest, but most rivers have begun to recede in Vermont. President Obama has declared North Carolina's coastal counties and New Jersey major disaster areas, with FEMA and the Red Cross already in place.

Looking into the weekend unsettled weather will return to our area, it will be warmer and more humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Meanwhile Tropical Storm Katia is meandering across the open waters of the Atlantic. The storm is forecast to become a hurricane today but it will not threaten any land through the foreseeable future. Forecasters will also be watching an area of disturbed weather near Cuba for potential development as it drifts into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

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