The floods have been in effect since Sunday for areas off the west coast of Florida, including Tampa, Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers. 2 to 4 inches of rain are expected in these areas over the weekend.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Tropical Depression 19 is expected to turn into a tropical storm over the Gulf of Mexico today. The next name on the list is Sally.
Most forecast models have a system that moves to the north coast of the Persian Gulf and probably makes the land somewhere between New Orleans and Panama City by late Monday or Tuesday, but if the runway shifts further west or slows down, the land may stay until Wednesday.
Once it reaches this area on the coast of the Persian Gulf, the management patterns collapse and the system meanders near the shore.
Whether the meandering is offshore before land or on land, there will be little difference in rainfall. In both cases, due to the slow movement forward along the coast of the Persian Gulf, significant flooding is possible.
At the moment, mass accumulations of precipitation from 4 to 6 inches are probable. However, there will be isolated areas right along the coast that could cause more than a meter of rain.
Already active season
Many storms have broken records for being the earliest named so far, including Cristobal being the earliest C-storm in recorded history and Hannah the earliest H-storm. All but three names of storms (Arthur, Bertha, and Dolly) set records that they were the earliest storms with a name for their respective letter.
The system crossing Florida is just one of several systems in the Atlantic. The NHC currently monitors six areas: 2 tropical storms, 1 tropical depression, and 3 tropical disturbances. Thursday marked the peak of the hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.
Today, the tropical storm is expected to intensify into a hurricane. The flight is projected to monitor Bermuda and could make the drought early Monday morning as a Category 2 storm. A hurricane clock with possible hurricanes within 48 hours is in effect in Bermuda. Tropical storm conditions will begin to affect Bermuda by Sunday afternoon, and hurricane conditions will begin on Sunday evening.
Another surveillance system is a wide low-pressure area southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. This system has a 90% chance of developing over the next five days. The National Hurricane Center expects a tropical depression to form over the next few days. After Sally, only three names remain on the official list for this year: Teddy, Vicki and Wilfred. The NHC will then move to the use of the Greek alphabet.
La Niña is officially here