Hurricane Gaston is the third leg of this weekend’s storm fronts. The Hurricane Gaston developments are under the radar, as Hurricane Gaston is trailing the mega hyped Earl and the lingering Fiona. While the East Coast prepares for Earl to skirt by, and is keeping an eye on Fiona, the third storm of this new wave has been slowly building. However, it may have faded back a bit, as it was reduced to a depression again recently. Yet the former Hurricane Gaston could become powerful again, and cause trouble for the Gulf of Mexico.
As the nation’s weathermen track Hurricanes Earl and Fiona, Gaston has slowly developed in the Central Atlantic. However, it is the weakest of the storm fronts thus far, as the National Hurricane Center reduced it to a tropical depression. But there are warnings that it won’t stay that way for long.
The storm could become Hurricane Gaston again over the next few days, as it makes its way through the Caribbean. It is currently 1,500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, moving west-northwestward at 7 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center, the system stands to get stronger in the next few days, and could go up to a Category 2.
By the time Hurricane Gaston becomes more problematic, however, people will be sick of hearing about these systems. The storm season has begun with a vengeance, as Earl, Fiona and Gaston have all been developing this week in close order. Of course, Earl has the most hype, since it is a Category 4 and set to alter Labor Day weekend on the shores.
Hurricane Gaston isn’t expected to do that, although it may beleaguer the already battered Caribbean. That area is still recovering from Earl’s strike earlier this week, while Fiona is building up nearby. But those in the Gulf of Mexico will also be watching closely.
Thus far, the Hurricane Gaston projected path has it in a westerly direction, with uncertainty on whether it could get near the Gulf. Since the energy-rich Gulf of Mexico is already facing enough problems, including a new oil rig explosion, the last thing they need is a storm – even a small one.
These concerns are for another day, after Earl gets finished overshadowing Labor Day weekend. But when the dust from that madness settles, Hurricane Gaston will become the new storm on the block by then. By then, it might even have the hurricane headlines to itself, assuming bigger systems don’t develop behind it.
WESH.com- “Gaston’s Projected Path Raises Concerns”
Reuters Africa- “NHC Report: Gaston heads toward Caribbean, may be hurricane”
Moriches Daily- “Oil rig explosion in Gulf of Louisiana”