July 19, 2008
Posted: 09:48 PM ET
And it's potentially no laughing matter.
Bertha continues to churn in the North Atlantic, after bringing power failures and heavy rain to Bermuda, and surfer-friendly waves and swimmer-unfriendly riptides to the US East Coast. Its closest land point is Newfoundland, and it's projected to move toward Iceland in the next few days.
A disturbance that started in the Gulf of Mexico has moved into the Atlantic, and picked up strength off the Carolinas. Cristobal will bring more high surf and heavy rains. The National Hurricane Center projects the storm as moving along the East Coast, offshore from Nova Scotia by Tuesday.
Fausto is a hurricane in the Eastern Pacific that could threaten Baja California this week. (Sunday update: Fausto is moving farther away from Baja, and at this point doesn't look like a threat)
But there's a system in the Caribbean, south of Jamaica and east of Honduras, that could make a name for itself. The disturbance that meteorologists thought could grow into Hurricane Cristobal lost out on the naming race. It's headed toward the resorts on the Yucatan coast, then into the Gulf of Mexico, where it has the potential to threaten the Texas coastline in a big way by midweek. The next name on the list is Dolly.
Peter Dykstra Executive Producer CNN Science, Tech, & Weather
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