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2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season

House damaged by Hurricane Irma
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Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the White House to increase federal reimbursements from 75 percent to 90 percent for on-going recovery work following Hurricane Irma, which pummeled Florida nearly two years ago.

Repeating rounds of heavy rain could produce flooding across portions of the Florida Panhandle on Monday.
FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO EMERGENCY NETWORK

While Tampa Bay returns to its regularly scheduled summertime conditions after a week of drenching rains and saturated grounds, repeating rounds of heavy rain could produce flooding across portions of the Florida Panhandle on Monday.

More than 85 percent of all hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin occurs after the middle of August.
FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO EMERGENCY NETWORK

More than 85 percent of all hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin occurs after the middle of August.

Some consider Aug. 15 as the “real” start to hurricane season. To others, like former FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, it’s synonymous with the start of football season.

More Rain Could Mean River Flooding Across Tampa Bay

Aug 14, 2019
A Flood Watch remains in effect for Tampa Bay through Friday.
FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO EMERGENCY NETWORK

In anticipation of more heavy rain this week, the National Weather Service in Tampa has issued a Flood Watch for all of west-central Florida through Friday morning, with particular attention being paid to several rivers in the region.'

The Tampa Bay area will have to deal with drenching rains, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for the region through Friday.
FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO EMERGENCY NETWORK

First it was the heat, and now it's the rain.

After enduring a few days of scorching conditions, the Tampa Bay area will have to deal with drenching rains, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for the region through Friday.

According to Ray Hawthorne, meteorologist with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, the region has already received nearly 6 inches more rain than normal since June 1.

The most active part of the hurricane season are the months of August, September, and October. In this “State of the Season” report, we will assess trends in atmospheric and oceanic conditions around the globe that may lend clues on how the waters could behave over the next few weeks.

The Season So Far

Atlantic Comes Alive: Wave To Drench Florida As Next Tropical System Looms

Aug 1, 2019
A tropical wave off the Florida coast will elevate our rain chances, while a system in the Atlantic is likely to develop into a tropical system.
FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO EMERGENCY NETWORK

The most active part of the hurricane season often begins in August. Right on-cue, at least one tropical system is likely to form in the Atlantic by the upcoming weekend.

One system is forecast to skirt the East  Coast while another, in the Atlantic, could become the next named storm.
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

A tropical wave in the Caribbean is forecast to produce increased rain chances for Florida – and the Tampa Bay area – this weekend as it moves north and skirts the East Coast.

But another system, though far out in the Atlantic, appears poised to potentially become the next named storm sometime next week.

Storms moving in off the Gulf of Mexico produced a wet Thursday morning commute.
FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO EMERGENCY NETWORK

The cold front that had promised to create soggy conditions over Tampa Bay is firmly in control, stalled over the region and dumping heavy rain for the Thursday morning commute.

The good news? Things return to normal this weekend, meaning storms starting inland and drifting toward the west coast in the afternoon.

The wet morning conditions are fueled by the stalled front, combined with deep tropical moisture and winds from the southwest that are driving the storms off the Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Weather Service.

Update 5:00 PM Monday: The season’s third tropical depression has formed between the Bahamas and Florida.

The National Hurricane Center says it’s located about 120 miles southeast of West Palm Beach as of the 5 PM advisory. Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph. The depression is moving toward the northwest at 13 mph.

The depression is not forecast to reach tropical storm status. There are no changes to the forecast of locally heavy rain and gusty winds outlined in the 3 PM update below.

Forecasters said slow-moving Barry could unload 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 centimeters) of rain through Sunday across a swath of Louisiana that includes New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well as southwestern Mississippi, with pockets in Louisiana getting 25
FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO EMERGENCY NETWORK

Associated Press

Building toward hurricane strength, Tropical Storm Barry began hitting Louisiana with wind and rain Friday as it closed in for what could be a long, slow — and epic — drenching that could trigger severe flooding in and around New Orleans.

Tropical Storm Barry is producing gusty winds and dangerous rip currents along Florida's West Coast.
FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO EMERGENCY NETWORK

By Carl Lisciandrello

Tropical Storm Barry may be far from the Tampa Bay area, but its impact will still be felt locally well into the weekend.

The Cone of Uncertainty
Screenshot from National Hurricane Center website

For as long as many of us remember, the Atlantic hurricane season has come along with a cone.

And whenever it pops up, we're told not to look at it, not to focus on it. 

Now the National Hurricane Center has put out a video explaining the do’s and don'ts of using the cone.

And what it really signifies.