Two storms, 5000 miles apart, are causing concern in each ocean.
Tropical Storm Erika is moving west in the heart of the Caribbean Islands and is set to impact Southern Florida late this weekend and early next week. The Governor has just declared a State of Emergency in preparation for its looming landfall. The storm has already dropped heavy rains on Puerto Rico and reportedly has caused destruction and death on the small Island of Dominica.
In the Pacific, Hurricane Ignacio is also on track for an early next week impact as it strengthens and then weakens during its approach to the Big Island of Hawaii. By Tuesday, if it stays on course, it could bring sustained winds of 85-90mph (Cat 1) to the shores of the Pacific Island Chain.
Anyone near these cones of uncertainty should be on alert for coastal watches and warnings as well as projected heavy rains, strongs winds, and deepening tidal surge.
*Map data provided by the National Weather Service : Central Pacfiic Hurricane Center and National Hurricane Center.