T.S. RICHARD TO INTENSIFY OVER WEST CARIBBEAN

Many changes in the the future for tropical storm Richard.

As the upper level shearing decreased today (Thursday), TD #19 became tropical storm Richard. It will be on a meandering track until Saturday. At that time, steering currents will develop to push the storm towards the west as high pressure builds over the southeastern U.S. This will protect Florida from the storm through the weekend.

Richard should be near hurricane strength upon hitting the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula Sunday night, but will decrease to become a depression again by passing over land on Monday. It’s too early to pinpoint the path Richard will take as a strong storm or hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico around the middle of next week.

By Thursday a cold front will be moving from the Mississippi Valley towards the eastern U.S. The upper level westerly winds will be sinking to the Gulf states. If this materializes, tropical storm/hurricane RICHARD should turn to a more northeast or eastward track to threaten the Big Bend or Cedar Key area late next week.

Our WJXT Storm Team will keep you posted the latest developments conerning RICHARD.

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