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2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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Colorado State University (CSU) released its final Atlantic hurricane season forecast for 2020, raising the number of tropical storms and hurricanes from their previous forecasts and now calling for an “extremely active” hurricane season.

Isaias Leaves the Sunshine State Mostly Unscathed

Aug 5, 2020

Isaias may have spared the Sunshine State earlier this week, but the peak of hurricane season has only just begun, as nearly 80 percent of all tropical storms occur in August, September and October.

Updated at 12:15 a.m. ET Wednesday

Isaias, now a post-tropical cyclone, is still bringing strong winds, heavy rainfall and the threat of tornadoes as it moves into southeastern Canada after passing through southern and central New England.

As of 11 p.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was about 45 miles south-southeast of Montreal, and clocking maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

After skirting the east coast of Florida throughout the weekend, Tropical Storm Isaias is poised to exit the state on a path to the Carolinas as a hurricane once again.

National Hurricane Center map predicting the track of Tropical Storm Isaias.
National Hurricane Center

Isaias continues a slow churn off of Florida’s east coast Sunday as a tropical storm, with wind gusts nearing hurricane strength.

As some Florida warnings from the National Hurricane Center are being discontinued, other portions of the eastern U.S. seaboard are preparing for Isaias.

National Hurricane Center map predicting the track of Tropical Storm Isaias.
National Hurricane Center

Isaias weakened to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon, but is forecast to re-strengthen to a hurricane overnight as it approaches Florida's east coast.

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WFSU

Gov. Ron DeSantis is holding a press conference regarding Tropical Storm Isaias at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

You can see the video below.

radar image of Hurricane Isaías
News Service of Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis advised residents on Florida’s east coast to remain alert as the “ragged eye” of Hurricane Isaías continues to churn towards the Atlantic shore on Saturday.

NOAA

Hurricane Isaias is now expected to move directly toward Florida's East Coast Saturday night, producing hurricane force winds and a life-threatening storm surge along portions of the Treasure and Space Coasts.

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National Hurricane Center

Portions of Florida's east coast are under a hurricane warning as Isaias has swelled into a hurricane that could further strengthen while threatening to brush the state this weekend.

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National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Isaías is forecast to become a hurricane by the time it approaches the Atlantic Coast of Florida Saturday. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued from Ocean Reef to Sebastian Inlet, or roughly from Miami to Fort Pierce.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

Tropical Storm Isaias is pounding Puerto Rico with heavy rain and strong winds as it continues on an as-yet uncertain path toward Florida, even with the forecast path continuing to shift east.

National Hurricane Center map
National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Isaias formed late Wednesday, and as it continues to move west across the Caribbean, Florida remains within the “cone of uncertainty.”

Forecast track for Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

A disturbance in the Atlantic is likely to strengthen into a tropical storm on a possible path toward Florida by this weekend.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

After a busy week in which a hurricane struck the Texas coast and a tropical storm dissipated in the Caribbean, a tropical wave is likely to become the next named storm this week.

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NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

Texas is bracing for heavy rains, strong winds and rough coastal surf as Tropical Storm Hanna is forecast to make landfall this weekend.

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NOAA

A tropical depression that formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday night could drench Texas as a tropical storm this weekend, as Tropical Storm Gonzalo is forecast to become the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

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Pinellas County

Hurricane season started June 1, and Pinellas County is making sure businesses are prepared and ready to  act in case of a disaster.

At a recent summit, county officials advised businesses on what to do before, during, and after a storm.

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The Resilient Tampa Bay: Transportation Pilot Program Project

Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas County have been working together to plan for how to keep the roads open following an extreme weather event. 

Rodney Chatman, Planning Division Manager with Forward Pinellas, said it makes sense, because the counties, which often work together on transportation issues, realize that “people’s travel patterns don’t stop at the county line.”

Tropical Storm Fay satellite image
NOAA

Tropical Storm Fay, the sixth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, is poised to move through the mid-Atlantic before drenching the Northeast this weekend.

Colorado State University (CSU) has updated their hurricane season forecast Tuesday morning, raising the number of tropical storms and hurricanes from their previous forecast updates released in April and June.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure in the Florida Panhandle that is bringing humid conditions and could produce heavy rainfall in the greater Tampa Bay area to start the work week.

Tropical Depression Forms In The Atlantic

Jul 4, 2020
National Hurricane Center map of the Atlantic Ocean predicting the track of Tropical Depression Five.
National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center says the fifth tropical depression of the season has formed in the Atlantic Saturday.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

The fourth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has formed in the North Atlantic, but is no threat to land.

The massive cloud of dust is blanketing the Caribbean as it heads to the U.S. with a size and concentration level that meteorologists say hasn't been seen in roughly half a century.
NOAA

A massive cloud of Sahara dust is blanketing the Caribbean as it heads to the U.S. with a size and concentration that experts say hasn’t been seen in half a century.

The early start to the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season — the sixth in a row and the first with three named storms by June 1— has rekindled calls to move up the season’s official start.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Even though the six-month Atlantic hurricane season lasts as long as a typical Major League Baseball season, a Florida congresswoman thinks it needs to be longer.

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STEPHANIE COLOMBINI/WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA

Authorities say five employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s hurricane hunter base in Lakeland have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Hillsborough County

With hurricane season underway, two counties in the Tampa Bay area want to know more about evacuation plans. They’re asking residents to fill out a survey.  

Tropical Storm Cristobal has reached the southeastern United States, bringing heavy rains and sustained winds of up to 50 mph.

Storm surge warnings have been issued for the southeast coast of Louisiana as well as the Mississippi coast for Sunday.

Cristobal is the third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. If the storm maintains its current track, Mississippi could be the state hardest hit, according to Gavin Phillips, a forecaster with the National Weather Service New Orleans.

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