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Edouard to Send Rough Surf to US East Coast

By By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
September 19, 2014, 12:31:23 AM EDT

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On Tuesday, Edouard became the first major hurricane in the Atlantic since Sandy. Despite weakening at midweek, rough surf will continue to reach some Atlantic coast beaches.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski, "By the middle of this week, bathers should expect rough surf conditions with the danger of strong and frequent rip currents from Cape Cod to northeastern Florida."

Surf conditions may stay locally rough into the weekend. Because of the time of year, many lifeguards are not on duty, so bathers should use extra caution.


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Edouard is the fourth hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season. There have been six tropical depressions with four moving on to become hurricanes (Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal and Edouard) and one becoming a tropical storm (Dolly).


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Edouard became the first Category 3 hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season on Tuesday. It entered an area with low disruptive winds and warm water during the past couple of days. A Category 3 hurricane has maximum sustained winds ranging from 111 to 129 mph. The last major hurricane in the Atlantic was during the 2012 season with Sandy on Oct. 25.


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Edouard is now moving over cooler waters and will continue to weaken through the end of the week. As of Thursday evening, Edouard weakened to tropical storm status.

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Edouard will continue to move away from the United States and Canada.


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The system may affect the Azores this weekend with tropical storm conditions, which includes squalls and rough seas.


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Over in the eastern Pacific, Odile is impacting Baja California, New Mexico and Arizona. Torrential rainfall is forecast to fall on part of the Southwest, which can lead to major flooding and threaten lives and property.

Polo has also developed off the southwestern coast of Mexico and will parallel the coast into the weekend.

AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jordan Root contributed to this story.

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