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  • Hurricane Earl on its way...Hello TD9

    Hurricane Earl is  a Major Cat 3 and is moving NW.  Watching the satellite right now it appears Earl is strengthening again, and could become a Cat 4 again shortly!  Hurricane watches and warnings are up along the midatlantic coast, and they’ve started evacuation orders for Cape Hatteras.  

    We’ll start to see conditions go downhill over eastern north Carolina later on Thursday and into Friday. Hurricane Earl could threaten the Northeast and New England Coast on Friday and could make a direct hit on Atlantic Canada Saturday.  These areas need to keep a close eye on the progress of Earl, because a slight jog to the west make the difference from a bad storm to a life-threatening event.  Stay tuned!

    Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Fiona is ESE of the northern Leeward Islands.  Fiona is not expected to strengthen into a hurricane, and should not be a threat to the U.S.   Behind Fiona, we have TD 9 that could become a tropical depression in the next few days, and perhaps our next named storm Gaston…

    In other weather news, a cold front passing through the Midwest will bring stormy weather across the region.  Showers and thunderstorms some containing hail and damaging winds will threaten the Great Lakes back through the Mississippi Valley and into the Plains.  Isolated tornadoes could pop up as well through the afternoon and evening hours.  Ahead of the front, warm, humid air will enhance the risk of storms while behind the front, much cooler weather will be refreshing for many.    By the way, this cold front is the same front that will (hopefully) steer Earl out to sea.  The timing of this front is crucial obviously…if it slows down, we might not see Earl make it’s turn Northeast, and in turn could mean a threat of a land falling hurricane.

    Hot and humid across the Northeast as this area waits for  Earl’s arrival.   We’ll have some fantastic temperatures (upper 70s) this weekend and early next week.

    The south will be dry for the most part, but warm.  And unsettled, cooler weather will continue over the Northwest.  Even wet snow could fall over the higher elevations where a winter weather advisory is up for a small section of the northern Rockies!

    OK- I am hungry and grumpy…(because I’m hungry and I’ve been up since 3am!)  Baby must eat.  Talk to y’all soon!



hi is the storm going to hit salem ct

September 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm


Good morning all. Had rain last night,thunder and lighting. So far same today. Sorry JB & BG in Tx are not getting the rain Dallas is. Margie thanks for the great news and Don. Hopefully this is the last of his problems. Great tribute to your friend. Hope all on the east coast are safe and don't get hit with Earl Maybe he will run the other way. Ha Ha well got to go Hope all are well

September 2, 2010 at 8:31 am

JB in Texas

Happy to hear that Don's surgery went well. I hope this is the first step for him in a path to good health. Thanks for all the updates Margie. I just visited your website and thought your tribute to your friend was very nice. It reached 100 here today and the rain was around us, but didn't get here. It just added a little more humidity to the air. Hope all had a good Wednesday and those on the East Coast are safe. Take care all, JB

September 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm

A.J. De Young

Once again thank you Margie for the important and helpful information on your website and what a wonderful tribute to your friend to do that for other women. Also for keeping us always updated on our friend Don, who doesn't need one more setback he has endured so much for so long and now its time for healing..Hope the hurricane stays away from shores of USA and no more come along..I will be ok in NC as will be in the most western corner of NC just above Atlanta. AJ

September 1, 2010 at 7:40 pm


Margie, Thank you for the Don update. (Please God, no more complications for Don. The refiner's fire has had to burn beyond the fires of Hell for this man.) Beautiful tribute to Michele.She would no doubt be proud & grateful to you. Great blog too. We still are "iffy" about Earl at the farm.Picking out the fields as much as we can, esp tomatoes so they wont crack, just in case.

September 1, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Gwen in Mississippi

Afternoon guys. Margie, good to hear that Don has come through well. Wanting to eat solid food is always a good indicator. Joni, HI! Glad to see you back with us. One quick comment: Litigation takes time (maybe years). Many insurance companies (in the case of MS) did not want to pay claims because it could not be proven if the structure was damaged/destroyed by wind (covered) or storm surge (not covered unless you have a separate flood policy). Red tape can be very frustrating! TTFN! :)

September 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Richard Knecht

All of you are doing a great job presenting us with the latest on teh possible affects of Hurricane Earl. Keep doing what you are doing!

September 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Sean S

Never underestimate the power of hurricanes. Prepare for the worst.

September 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm

timothy Fuller

Wats the news man. where is Earl hitting and why dose it look like another one following Earl!?

September 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm


Thanks Janice for the weather updates.Hopefully it will not make it's way inland.Here in Texas, we need some rain real bad.Maybe the cool front will give us a little relief.Margie, thanks for giving us the latest on Don's condition.Feel sure he is in our daily prayers for a full recovery.Janice,remember, you must eat for two!BG>

September 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Margie Gacki

Hey folks, I just wanted to do a shout out for my blog. The regular bloggers will remember me mentioning my friend Michele who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in June. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month so I decided to pay tribute to Michele on my blog. I posted a special tribute, teal is the featured color for ovarian cancer awareness & I provided some information on ovarian cancer. Check it out at (make sure you copy the whole URL). Margie

September 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Margie Gacki

DON UPDATE: Hey folks, I talked to Don this morning. He made it through his surgery ok & it sounds like this will finally get things turned around. He had some leakage into his abdomen so he's fortunate he didn't get a major infection. He does have a urinary tract infection but that's being treated with antibiotics. At least he doesn't have it in his blood this time. He's got all kinds of tubes in him & he wants real food, but he sounded pretty good. Hopefully he's on the mend. Margie

September 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm


JD...You, I and Brian should make a tee time at Cape Hatteras!!

September 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm

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  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.