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Tropical Storm Joaquin And Hurricane Marty Expected To Usher In Heavy Rainfall

Tropical Storm Joaquin has formed off the Atlantic Coast and is nearing the Central Bahamas. The weather front is the tenth named storm of the year.

As of mid-morning Tuesday, TS Joaquin was approximately 400 miles northeast of the Bahamas. The winds of the tropical storm are currently blowing at a sustained rate of 40 miles per hour. Joaquin is moving in a southwest direction at about 5 mph, MSN reports. Off the south-central tip of Mexico, Hurricane Marty has also formed, Fox News notes. Marty is reportedly moving slowly toward the Mexican coast and causing heavy rains the areas of Zihuatanejo to Acapulco.

According to the Miami-based U.S. National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Joaquin has not yet prompted any warnings or watches in the coastal region. But, the center cautions residents and warned that during the next several days, the weather front is expected to gain strength.

An excerpt follows from a Weather Channel report about Tropical Storm Joaquin.

“Computer forecast models – and the meteorologists who rely on them for guidance – are grappling with a complex interaction between Joaquin, a cold front near the East Coast, the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida, a strong bubble of high pressure aloft over the North Atlantic Ocean, and a potentially strong area of low pressure aloft digging into the southeastern U.S. later this week. Joaquin’s future depends critically on the position and relative strength of those players – not to mention its own strength, which is currently being limited by strong wind shear that’s keeping most of its thunderstorm activity (convection) south of its center of circulation.”

During the late evening hours on Monday, Hurricane Marty was situated about 75 miles southwest of Zihuatanejo and approximately 140 miles west of Acapulco. The hurricane reportedly boasted maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was moving northeast at 3 mph.

A hurricane watch was in effect for Tecpan de Galeana to Lazaro Cardenas. The area of Acapulco to the region east of Tecpan de Galeana are under a tropical storm warning. A tropical storm watch was issued for the region west of Lazaro Cardenas to Punta San Telmo.

The Hurricane Center said Marty was expected to hit thesouthwestern coast of Mexico on Tuesday and Wednesday. The hurricane is not expected to come ashore unless a “small deviation” occurs. Substantial flooding has also been predicted for the area.

“The NHC wind speed predictions may be conservative, since some guidance suggests that Joaquin could become a hurricane in a few days,” Senior Hurricane Specialist Richard Pasch said.

The northeast region of the United States, including New York City, will get “drenched” from “fire-hose precipitation,” Nashua-based Hometown Forecast Services Incorporated meteorologist Rob Carolan told Bloomberg. Heavy rains from additional weather systems impacting the same area are expected to fall through Wednesday. An anticipated 8 inches of rain is expected to fall in the New England region through next week, according to a U.S. Weather Prediction Center report.

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