Hurricane Edouard has become the “first major hurricane of the season,” according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm is now a Category 3, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, according to the NHC. It is currently moving north northwest at 13 mph and is not forecast to make landfall on the United States.
Sept. 15, 11:05 a.m.
Hurricane Edouard has been updraded to a Category 2 storm and is forecast to be a “major hurricane,” Category 3, by tonight or Tuesday, according to Indian River County Emergency Management.
The storm is located over the central Atlantic Ocean and is forecast to remain more than 1,000 miles offshore the Florida east coast, according to the EOC. There are no impacts to land expected.
Long periods of swells generated by the hurricane will greatly increase the rip current risk and produce hazardous conditions near the inlets, especially during outgoing tides.
The storm will make its closest approach to east central Florida tonight, about 1,400 miles east of Capt Canaveral.
Seas will build to 5 to 6 feet over the open Atlantic Wednesday and Wednesday night with 4-foot breaking waves at the coast. This will produce hazardous conditions for boaters near inlets, especially during the outgoing tides Wednesday and Thursday.
A high risk of strong rip currents is expected Wednesday and Thursday with gradually improving conditions by the weekend.
Sept. 14, 11:50 a.m.
Tropical Storm Edoard has developed into the fourth hurricane of the season, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, according to authorities. It is moving northwest at 16 mph.
It is still not forecast to make landfall on the United States.
Sept. 12, 6:47 a.m.
Tropical Storm Edouard has formed from Tropical Depression Six in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm is traveling west northwest and holding max sustained winds of 40 mph, according to authorities.
Currently the storm track does not have it forecast to make landfall on the United States.