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July 19, 2008

Fausto, Bertha, and Cristobal go into a bar....

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.

NOAA's National Hurricane Center watches the storms.  Look out for #1, in the lower left.

NOAA's National Hurricane Center watches the storms. Look out for #1, in the lower left.

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.

To find out how hurricanes and typhoons get their names, go here.  The map links posted here are current as of Saturday Night, July 19.  To get more current maps, go to

Peter Dykstra   Executive Producer   CNN Science, Tech, & Weather

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Franko   July 20th, 2008 1:55 am ET

Who is the modern Moses ? Deliver us from the Evil hurricanes.
In the Bible, catastrophes were foreseen, and dealth with.
Is this the work of a Devil, ocean needs to be exorcised ?
The second coming, savior of mankind ?

Al Gore, Obama, the Pope, Reverend Moon, McCain.
Please try your magic and deliver us to Paradise.

S Callahan   July 20th, 2008 6:15 am ET

laugh If you will, but the Bible -God-is very clear about using natural forces (wind, breaking open the land-earthquake-famine,disease,etc) to move the people and God making his judgement. But, make no mistake this is not about magic.
It's evident people take things for granted in this world. God gives many gifts..the food on you table each day, the cool breeze on a summer night, the colorful sunset, the flower,good health which has no guarantee,even ones ability to think and love, the list goes on and on....yet we all fall short of the value of the Creator in all this through mocking, rejecting, disrespect Ever notice though, when the real crisis comes we all cry out for God to please stop the winds, or how can you let such an awful thing happen. Take the time to appreciate all the wonderful things our God has given us......perhaps he'll lessen the winds...

Scymore Cains   July 20th, 2008 2:51 pm ET

Just one question. Arnt hurricanes on the west coast classified as Typhones?

pdykstra   July 20th, 2008 4:35 pm ET

Scymore Cains: They are called Typhoons in the western Pacific and in the Indian Ocean, but they're still called hurricanes in the Eastern Pacific, including the US and Mexican West Coasts.

Peter Dykstra

Aussie Jane   July 20th, 2008 10:16 pm ET

And in Australia and South Indian Ocean, these same vortices are called Cyclones. In fact the one that hit Burma a few months ago was indeed a Cyclone. Cyclone Larry was particularly devasting to the Top End of Australia several years ago.

Franko   July 21st, 2008 2:24 am ET

Visnu, Belzeboob, and numerous other Evil Ones are omitted from the naming list.

Better names starting from the Bible (AAdam, looser of Paradise), ending with ZZywindetta the blowhard, seductress witch.

Will someone sue for slander, when their name causes disaster ?
Will Lucifer send a, thank you for advertising, note ?

Yubs   July 21st, 2008 8:59 am ET

I for one welcome our new blustery masters!

Franko   July 21st, 2008 1:02 pm ET

Put your name on the license plate.
Better still, buy a hurricane with your name on eBay !

6.2 billion spent on weather, time to open retail.
Gambling site, big time noney, by the insurance company ?

Ben   July 22nd, 2008 2:54 am ET

Bah, you call those three a storm? They're named but they've got no game, only Dolly really is a threat and potentially not even a big one if people are smart and don't panic. I mean after all, that's the wonderful thing about hurricanes you've got time to prepare for them for the most part. Anyway, the point is that hopefully Dolly wont do much of anything besides rain and the rest are too far off the states to do much of notta. Especially in the east pacific, which is always very boring for the most part. Not that Baja couldn't have used the rain.

So yeah, don't panic, this hurricane season hasn't proved to be deadly yet, and there is no reason anyone should die from these three little storms if they've got their wits about them.

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