Florence’s remnants near Canada; Hurricane Gordon no threat in Atlantic

Published 4:46 pm Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Hurricane Florence’s remnants headed for the Canadian coast with tropical storm-force winds Wednesday, while Hurricane Gordon and a tropical depression swirled in the open Atlantic, both well away from land, forecasters said.

The Canadian Hurricane Center warned that Florence’s remains could bring sustained winds of 45 mph to the eastern peninsulas of Newfoundland and southern parts of the island during the day.

As an extratropical storm, Florence’s remnants were drawing energy from the collision of warm and cold fronts, rather than the warm ocean waters tropical systems feed on.

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Out in the central Atlantic, Gordon had top sustained winds of 75 mph, just above the 74 mph threshold for a hurricane. The third hurricane of the Atlantic season formed Tuesday night, but appeared destined to remain over open water and not threaten land, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

“It’s possible that some waves could make their way toward Bermuda, but right now the forecast track has Gordon well to the east of Bermuda,” hurricane specialist Michelle Mainelli said. She said the British territory shouldn’t even get tropical storm-force winds.

At 5 a.m. EDT, Gordon was centered about 605 miles north-northeast of the Leeward Islands and moving north at about 9 mph, forecasters said.

The eighth tropical depression of the season remained poorly organized off the coast of Africa. It also formed Tuesday, had top sustained winds Wednesday of 35 mph and could become a tropical storm by Thursday, forecasters said. Helene is the next name on the list; tropical storms have sustained winds of at least 39 mph.

“As far as the tropical depression, for now it’s only a concern to shipping in the Atlantic,” hurricane specialist Jamie Rhome said.

The depression was centered 255 miles southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde islands and was moving west at near 16 mph, according to the hurricane center.

The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30. The National Hurricane Center’s latest forecast for the season anticipates between seven and nine hurricanes.

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