Hurricane Force Storm Forecast for Central North Atlantic

NOAA OPC Surface Forecast chart

A weak low will move off the USEC near Cape Hatteras Saturday evening then move eastward and deepen rapidly and develop storm to hurricane force winds of 55-70 knots and seas to 9 meters (30 ft) south and southwest of the center by 1800UTC 18 February.  As the storm moves east seas will continue to build up to 14 meters (46 ft) by 1200 UTC 20th.

Shipping Danger

This fast moving system will be a danger to shipping lanes from North Europe to US south of Hatteras and from the Gibraltar to US East and Gulf Coast Ports as highest winds and waves will prevail between 35N and 43N latitudes in the central North Atlantic.

NOAA OPC Surface Forecast

NOAA OPC Significant Wave Height Forecast

About Fred Pickhardt

I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade after graduating from State University of New York Maritime College. I have extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic weather event reconstructions. I founded Ocean Weather Services and as Owner and Chief Consultant currently provide optimum ship routing services and forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
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