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Preparations should be made immediately for Hurricane Jeanne

9:09 P.M. ET 9/24/2004

 

Tom Moore, Senior Meteorologist, The Weather Channel

 

 

 

South

The eastern coast of Florida will feel the effects of increasing surf and rip currents overnight and Saturday, compounded by increasing wind and rain by Saturday afternoon and evening as Hurricane Jeanne approaches. Rain bands may enter coastal areas of south and south-central Florida by Saturday morning and conditions will deteriorate during the day and through the evening. Even the west side of Florida may experience tropical storm conditions by Sunday. On Sunday, Hurricane Jeanne will likely rake up the east side of the Florida Peninsula either right along the coast or just inland. Some storm surge, damaging winds and torrential flooding rain will accompany Jeanne's trek through the Sunshine State. Monday into Tuesday, a weakening Jeanne will likely head northward through southeast Georgia and the eastern Carolinas with more flooding rain, the risk for some tornadoes northeast and east of track and tropical storm strength winds that could still bring down trees and power lines.

 

Midwest

A cold front that brought heavy rain to the Plains earlier in the week will slide through Michigan and the Ohio Valley with very little precipitation. The best chance of rain may be over southern Missouri into Saturday morning. The passage of the front will return temperatures to near average over the remainder of the Midwest. Sunday and Monday, a new cold front will sag southward out of Canada across the northern Plains and Upper Midwest with only scattered rain showers.

 

Northeast

A cold front will move through the Northeast later Saturday and Sunday, stalling over the Chesapeake Bay and the Virginias by Monday. There is a very small chance for a shower or thunderstorm ahead of the front, but most of the region will be dry. Temperatures behind the front will return closer to average for late September. Later Monday, the initial rains from Jeanne will likely move into eastern Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay region. Another cold front will swing into the Northeast Tuesday as a weakened Jeanne potentially zips off the Mid-Atlantic Coast with heavy rains continuing along its track.

 

West

The West will be relatively warm and dry through the weekend. An upper-level disturbance will enhance showers and thunderstorms over New Mexico, along with eastern Arizona and Colorado. Locally heavy rains are possible, particularly over the high Plains of New Mexico. After some recently very warm temperatures for much of coastal California, temperatures should dip back to average by early next week as a weak onshore flow returns. Another cold front and Canadian high pressure will nose down into Montana later Sunday and then continue to slide southward along and east of the Rockies on Monday. Until then, temperatures will be 5 to 15 degrees above average from parts of California, through the Pacific Northwest and Great Basin, into Montana.

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