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Archive for September 10th, 2011

11:00 am tropical update from SeeStJohn and the Weather Underground

Maria gets depressed:
“Maria could become a tropical depression…

Maria waves goodbye:
“or degenerate to a tropical wave later today.

Good T’ing!
…Maria barely a tropical cyclone…warnings discontinued…

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St. John Flora: Vanda orchid

Vandaceous (Vanda) Orchid

The good news this morning is that my Vanda orchid, the species that blooms in full sunshine, is in beautiful bloom. It’s almost 7:00 am and the sun is shining and the seas are calm.

The not so good news s that TS Maria is heading our way, the center of which is due to pass quite close to St. John sometime after midnight tonight. The better news is that we should be on the weak side of the storm and that there shouldn’t be any significant intensification in the next day or so.

Nonetheless, we’re under a flash flood and tropical storm warning:

“Wind…tropical storm conditions are expected to spread over the Lesser Antilles today and then over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by the end of the day.

Rainfall…Maria is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches over the central to northern Lesser Antilles…the Virgin Islands…and Puerto Rico.

Storm surge…a storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1 to 2 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast within the warning area. Near the coast…the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.”

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