While the cold front draping across the Southeast and the broad low in the North Atlantic may be indicative of Fall, we have a serious tropical system in the Atlantic Basin just Northeast of Puerto Rico.
A low exited the mid-Atlantic region and is forecast to hug the Northeast coast before heading out of the picture. As this low moves up the coast, look for a solid windswell/groundswell to fill in to exposed coastlines. Conditions will be pretty raw since the low is so close to land.
Our fifth named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Basin Tropical Season is chugging along nicely in the Western Atlantic. The storm is nearing Category 3 status, as conditions have been favorable for development- and will continue to be conducive for continued strengthening. Luckily, the storm poses no threat to land…except for high surf along exposed coasts.