- published: 17 Mar 2008
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Snorkeling at a reef offshore Cuba, Feb 2008
Tropical Storm Isaac intensified to attain wind speeds of 70mph early this morning, shortly before moving over Haiti. Isaac has since moved just offshore Cuba with winds of 60mph, and may now begin to intensify as it approaches southern Florida. A Hurricane Warning is in force for parts of southern Florida, and the whole state should be on alert for this storm. Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana should continue to watch this storm closely - At this stage it is not certain where the landfall location would be and at what intensity, and is subject to change. Presently, official forecasts are calling for a Hurricane landfall on the Florida Panhandle. Stay tuned
Sandy developed from a tropical wave in the western Caribbean Sea on October 22. Early on October 24, an eye began developing, and it was moving steadily northward. At about 1900 UTC that day, Sandy made landfall near Kingston with winds of about 80 mph (130 km/h). Just offshore Cuba, Sandy rapidly intensified to winds of 110 mph (175 km/h), and at that intensity it made landfall just west of Santiago de Cuba at 0525 UTC on October 25. After Sandy exited Cuba, the structure became disorganized, and it turned to the north-northwest over the Bahamas. After briefly weakening to a tropical storm, Sandy re-intensified into a hurricane, and on October 28 an eye began redeveloping. The storm moved around an upper-level low over the eastern United States and also to the southwest of a ridge over ...