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Meet Tropical Storm Barry. The low pressure system meandering off the Gulf Coast is strengthening, and could become Hurricane Barry by this weekend. This is prompting calls to go out for residents to be ready.

Barry, at last check, is about 95 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, moving west at five miles an hour. For now, it’s a borderline tropical storm with 40 mile an hour sustained winds.

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Residents along the northern Gulf Coast are being urged to watch conditions, as a tropical depression is likely to form in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week.

Low pressure over central Georgia is forecast to move southward, helping to form a broad area of low pressure in a couple of days. It seems a bit unusual a front is moving north to south instead of vice-versa; but not really, says Dennis Feltgen at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Subtropical storm Alberto has formed and is churning over the northwestern Caribbean Sea just east of the Yucatan Peninsula. His path is taking him into the Gulf of Mexico.

As of mid-morning, Alberto had top sustained winds of 40 mph and was located 55 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico. Movement is to the north-northeast at six miles an hour.

“It’s not very well organized, hence that’s why call it a ‘sub-tropical storm,’” said Jack Cullen, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile.

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Forecasters are expecting an active Atlantic hurricane season in 2018 which could begin as early as the Memorial Day weekend -- the unofficial start of the summer tourist season.

The National Hurricane Center is watching that mass of low pressure, currently off the southeastern Yucatan Peninsula and it’s expected to move northward.

“Confidence has increased that a tropical storm will develop, and it’s likely to be named Alberto by Saturday or Sunday,” said Meteorologist Jeff Huffman with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network.

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The 2018 hurricane season could be getting a two-week head start. Forecasters are watching a system in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Among those keeping tabs is Don Shephard, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile. He describes it as a non-tropical, weak area over the Gulf.

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Last season’s storm surge in Cedar Key from Hurricane Hermine ranked in the top five, despite the category one storm staying more than 100 miles offshore. Even though winds never reached hurricane strength, life-threatening storm surge flooding still occurred.

Hurricane Specialist Jamie Rhome believes this is why the National Hurricane Center needed to create a new warning. It will be a Wireless Emergency Alert from the department of Homeland Security.

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Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall sometime on Friday, somewhere between West Palm Beach and Cape Canaveral, with its 140 mile an hour winds.

About two million people have been warned to flee inland to escape the most powerful storm to threaten the U.S. Atlantic coast in over a decade. Florida. Gov. Rick Scott has a message for those living in evacuation zones.

“There are no excuses, you need to leave,” said the Governor. “Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.”

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Florida is bracing as Hurricane Matthew’s path moves closer to the state. Preparations are being made all the way up to the Panhandle.

The latest from the National Hurricane Center has Matthew about 55 miles from the eastern tip of Cuba. Movement is north at around ten miles an hour, with top sustained winds at 145 miles per hour -- making it a Category-4 storm.

“We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best, and we’re not going to take any chances,” said Gov. Rick Scott, who on Monday declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties in Florida.

  The autumnal equinox arrived at 9:21 Central time on Thursday morning. But as we go from summer to fall, another season still has about ten more weeks to run. 

We remain in what’s considered the peak of the 2016 hurricane season in the Atlantic and Caribbean. Gerry Bell at the National Hurricane Center says moving into fall has zero effect.

“There’s really no relationship at all,” said Bell. “The peak of the hurricane season is August, September and October, so it’s a broad peak and the equinox just happens to coincide in September.”

Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida’s Big Bend region Friday morning. She’s the first hurricane to hit the Sunshine State since Wilma in October, 2005. 

Gov. Rick Scott is urging Gulf Coast residents to take immediate precautions for Hermine, which became a Category-1 storm early Thursday afternoon. 

“Three days of water; three days of food,” said the Governor. “If you need medicine, make sure you have it. You have no idea if you’ll be able to get it after the storm hits. Have batteries; have a battery-powered radio.”

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Updated 12:11 p.m. August 30, 2016.  


A tropical depression that formed in the Florida Straits over the weekend is now churning in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, and is forecast to strengthen.

Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine later today in the southeastern Gulf, and it could intensify before landfall.


For the first time in a couple of years the state of Florida is gearing up for a tropical storm.  Saying the state should hope for the best and prepare for the worst, Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency across every county of the state today as Tropical Storm Erika continues its slow trek across the ocean towards Florida. 

New Hurricane Maps Focus On Storm Surge

May 26, 2015

Contrary to what most people might think, the number one killer from a hurricane is water, not wind. A hurricane warning, however, has always been issued for the wind, not the water. 

This conflict of messaging has prompted the National Hurricane Center to re-think their products in recent years.  Social science research and upgrades in GIS technology have enabled them to better define where and when the water might be life-threatening, and this is not always at the same location or at the same time the hurricane force winds may arrive.

Hurricane Season 2013 Ends With Little Action

Dec 3, 2013
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The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season ended Saturday, going out for the Gulf Coast in the same manner as much of its six-month run – rather quietly.

Overall, there were 13 named storms, one more than average for the season. Andrea was the first and only one to make landfall in the U.S. Her tornadoes, heavy rain and flooding in parts of the South caused millions in damage and claimed one life.

The season’s two hurricanes -- Ingrid and Humberto – were the fewest since 1982 and well below the average of six. Neither became major hurricanes of Category-3 or higher.