Hurricane Florence: high winds along the US east coast

September 11th, 2006 |

CIMSS low-level steering flow products

Hurricane Florence passed very near Bermuda on 11 Sep (IR image | water vapor image), with a peak wind gust of 111 mph reported on the island. The radius of high winds associated with Florence was rather large, and the tight pressure gradient between the tropical cyclone and a large area of high pressure over southeastern Canada (above) was creating strong winds that prompted the issuance of high surf and other marine warnings/advisories along much of the US east coast. GOES-12 low-level visible winds (below) indicated the extent of the strong winds along the western periphery of Florence, with several targets having speeds of 34 knots or greater (bold green or cyan wind barbs on this closer view) a considerable distance from the storm center.

GOES-12 low-level visible winds