Sometimes we have to be cheerleaders for storms just as we will cheer on our Jags tonight down at “The Bank”! Erika has been pummeling her way through Puerto Rico and making a course to the Dominican Republic at present. The high mountains of the island of Hispanola do pose a small threat to break up the shape of Erika, but as long as she maintains good wind speeds other weather factors could bring her back to life through the weekend! A dip in the jet stream and a large Bermuda high hanging out in the ocean could open a window once she reaches the waters near the Bahamas and Cuba, but which way she’ll go at this point is uncertain. A state of emergency has already been declared by Governor Scott for Floridians to be prepared. There are two scenarios present, the first is Erika will take a slower path right up the middle of Florida bringing heavy downpours and winds, decreasing in strength slowly by the time it gets to Jax, or secondly she will steer into the Gulf Stream and build to Hurricane strength taking a path towards the Carolinas by the middle of next week which would set up for our swell window nicely! The fact is we will see increasing surf over the weekend, and with a full moon tide there will be lulls in surf sessions at times, but if you time your tides right you could get some fun ones until the main event happens on Monday, and we have the perfect break that sets up for this type of scenario! Be sure to stop by your local surf shops and grab some extra wax, a backup leash, and maybe a new board for the swell! Things are going to get interesting, and we’ll be back online later this weekend for a full update!
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WIND: light SE winds in AM turning E than ENE 5-10+ the rest of the day
SWELL: ESE to E
WIND: light ESE winds in AM less than 5 turning ENE 5-10+ in PM
SWELL: ESE to E
WIND: ESE winds 5-10 in AM turning E 10+ in PM
WIND: ENE 10-15+ all day
SWELL: E to ESE
WIND: E winds in AM 10+ turning ENE 10-15 in PM
WIND: SSE winds less than 5 in AM increasing to 5-10 in PM