September 13th, 2010

Tropical Storm Julia

Posted at 10:09 AM ET

julia-small2Tropical Storm Julia, the tenth named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, developed in the far eastern Atlantic at 03:00 UTC earlier today (September 13) and is located approximately 85 miles (130 kilometers) west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Julia currently packs sustained winds of around 40 mph (65 kmph) and the storm is traveling in a west-northwest direction. This general motion is expected to continue today followed by a turn to the northwest with a decrease in forward speed tomorrow. The NHC said tropical storm-force winds extend 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the center of the storm.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the southern Cape Verde Islands, including Maio, Sao Tiago, Fogo and Brava. Julia is expected to bring tropical storm-force winds and rainfall of up to 8 inches (200 millimeters) to southern parts of the Cape Verde Islands as it passes near the island chain today. The heavy rainfall could bring life threatening flash floods and mudslides, according to the NHC. Forecasters say the storm will move away from the Cape Verde Islands tonight and follow a general northwesterly track thereafter. This route will see Julia move into the open Atlantic over the NHC 5-day forecast range. The NHC expects the storm to steadily strengthen during this time and become a category 1 hurricane on September 15. Julia is not expected to pose a threat to land within the NHC 5-day forecast range. Guy Carpenter will closely monitor Julia’s progress over the coming days.

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Hazard data illustrated in the CAT-i map was taken from i-aXs®, Guy Carpenter’s web-based risk management platform. i-aXs users can view impacted areas on any map as well as see how their portfolios were affected. Please contact your broker or Instrat® representative for assistance or go to www.i-axs.info for further information.

 

Sources: National Hurricane Center, WSI, Associated Press, Reuters News

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Hazard data illustrated in the CAT-i map was taken from i-aXs®, Guy Carpenter’s web-based risk management platform. i-aXs users can view impacted areas on any map as well as see how their portfolios were affected. Please contact your broker or Instrat® representative for assistance or go to www.i-axs.info for further information.

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