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

As the planet heats up, polar ice melts, seas rise and Biblical-size rains become more frequent, hurricanes are expected to get wetter and more intense.

But less certain is how much climate change is making these fierce storms, which target Florida more than any other U.S. state, more punishing now.

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.
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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.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center are now monitoring two tropical waves that don’t appear to have much chance of developing into tropical systems, but still serve as a reminder that we are in the midst of hurricane season.
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center are now monitoring two tropical waves that don’t appear to have much chance of developing into tropical systems, but still serve as a reminder that we are in the midst of hurricane season.

Forecasters continue to keep an eye on a wave in the northeastern Caribbean that was tracking toward Florida on Monday. The track, however, has shifted to the east, and appears likely to approach the state by the weekend before skirting the East Coast.

Update Monday 2:00 PM ET:

The tropical wave over the eastern Caribbean Sea is moving slowly west-northwestward and it’s not becoming better organized yet.

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
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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.

Updated projections released on Tuesday predict 13 more named storms will form in 2019, with six being hurricanes and two classified as major hurricanes.
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By Carl Lisciandrello

Researchers at Colorado State University are maintaining their prediction of a near-average 2019 hurricane season.

Today marks the official start of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and the second named storm of the year could already be developing. However, it poses no current threat to the United States.