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We are nearing the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, and fittingly there is a tropical cyclone threatening the mainland United States. Dorian is a strengthening tropical storm, currently located over the eastern Caribbean Sea moving in a general northwest direction. The storm will near or make landfall on either Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands later today and into early Thursday, bringing heavy rain, gusty winds, and storm surge. Since Dorian is still intensifying and becoming more organized, the National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch for these islands due to potential last-minute strengthening prior to impact. Based on the latest National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast, maximum sustained winds are expected to reach 70 mph — if not greater — near the center of the storm. This will cause tree damage and power outages. There is also the risk for 6-8 inches of rainfall across parts of the…

The tropics are beginning to get a bit more active as we track an Invest in the Atlantic as well as a tropical storm that may threaten Hawaii. This comes as heat impacts the Northeast early-week and summer storms affect the East Coast. We tracking all of this and more in this week’s 4 Things to Watch. Invest 95L: The National Hurricane Center has designated a new invest in the Atlantic “95L.” This is basically an area of disturbed weather that has the risk of becoming a tropical cyclone within the next 5 days. The chance is low at this time for full development, but 95L is worth watching due to its potential land impacts. Currently, the thunderstorms associated with this distance are located over the eastern Caribbean Sea, an area of the Atlantic basin where it’s generally rare for tropical cyclones to form. As it moves northwest and north…

The middle of summer is here, and as to no surprise we’re tracking potentially the hottest temperatures of the year this week across much of the nation. Record-breaking heat will be possible as highs surge into the 90s and 100s for millions over the course of consecutive days. According to the National Weather Service, about half of the country is currently forecast to experience highs of at least 95 degrees within the next seven days. National Weather Service forecast of population expected to experience a high temperature of at least 95 degrees within the next 7 days. Source: WeatherBELL The heat is already being felt this Wednesday. Heat Advisories are in effect for a large chunk of the central US in addition to the Mid-Atlantic coastal region. There are also Excessive Heat Warnings in effect for some of the bigger cities, meaning that the heat will be even more extreme…