Thursday, September 25, 2008

Atlantic Storms Strengthen, Take Aim at East Coast

Tropical Storm Kyle formed in the Atlantic, while a system farther north took aim at Washington, New York and other cities along the U.S. East Coast, forecasters said.

High winds and drenching rain are in store for residents from the Carolinas to Boston starting today, and flooding is possible for the Atlantic shore and cities including Baltimore and Philadelphia, according to AccuWeather. A coastal flood advisory is in effect until midnight local time for New York City and Long Island.

"The strongest winds have now started to move northward," said Carrie McCabe, a meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania. "New York will start to feel the effects late tonight."

The less-powerful system was centered 100 miles (161 kilometers) southeast of the North Carolina-South Carolina border at about 2 p.m. local time and was moving west-northwest at about 10 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in the latest advisory on its Web site.

Tropical Storm Kyle was 645 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, moving north at about 8 mph and packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the NHC said. Computer models show the system heading west of Bermuda and then off the coast of New England by the weekend.

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