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Month: August 2017

Irma becomes the second major hurricane of the 2017 season – future track still uncertain

Irma becomes the second major hurricane of the 2017 season – future track still uncertain

Tropical Storm Irma rapidly intensified into a category 3 major hurricane Thursday afternoon after it develop a small eye. Irma is likely to remain a strong hurricane for the next week at least, and is likely to pass near or just north of the Leeward Islands by the middle of next week as a strong hurricane. As of 11:00 p.m. EDT Thursday, Hurricane Irma was centered near 17.8°N 35.6°W, and was moving west-northwestward at about 12 mph. Maximum sustained winds were…

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Harvey weakens to a tropical depression inland Louisiana, Tropical Storm Irma forms over the Eastern Atlantic

Harvey weakens to a tropical depression inland Louisiana, Tropical Storm Irma forms over the Eastern Atlantic

Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, early Wednesday morning, and has since weakened to a tropical depression inland. As Harvey made landfall, a new tropical storm formed in the eastern Atlantic, named Irma. Irma is likely to strengthen into a hurricane tomorrow and is likely to become the second major hurricane of the season by early next week in the tropical Atlantic, which has lacked strong hurricanes in recent years. In the Eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Lidia has…

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Harvey nearing its second landfall in southwestern Louisiana

Harvey nearing its second landfall in southwestern Louisiana

Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to make its second landfall over southwestern Louisiana early tomorrow morning. As of 10:00 p.m. CDT (11:00 p.m. EDT), Tropical Storm Harvey was centered near 29.0°N 93.6°W, and was moving northeastward at about 6 mph. Maximum sustained winds were 45 knots (50 mph) with an estimated minimum pressure of 994 mb. Harvey is a disorganized tropical cyclone, with an appearance resembling that of a sheared June Gulf of Mexico storm (like Cindy from this year). Harvey…

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Harvey re-enters the Gulf of Mexico, PTC 10 becoming less likely to develop, Invest 93L likely to develop

Harvey re-enters the Gulf of Mexico, PTC 10 becoming less likely to develop, Invest 93L likely to develop

Tropical Storm Harvey restrengthened slightly today as it has emerged into the extreme northwestern Gulf of Mexico, but remains poorly organized and most of the convection is to the northwest of the center. Harvey is likely to make a second landfall in extreme eastern Texas or even western Louisiana early on Wednesday. Although Harvey is centered over water, the flood threat remains for Southeastern Texas. Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten has failed to develop a well-defined center of circulation today, and…

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Tropical Storm Harvey causing catastrophic flooding over Texas, Potential TC Ten likely to develop off Southeastern United States Coast

Tropical Storm Harvey causing catastrophic flooding over Texas, Potential TC Ten likely to develop off Southeastern United States Coast

Tropical Storm Harvey has continued to dump torrential rainfall over Southeastern Texas today, causing catastrophic flooding. The flooding is expected to continue for several days as Harvey moves very slowly, possibly re-emerging into the extreme northwestern Gulf of Mexico. Aside from Harvey, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has initiated advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten, which is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone on Monday before it eventually merges with a cold front. There is also a tropical wave…

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It’s over: Hurricane Harvey breaks the 4323-day United States major hurricane landfall drought

It’s over: Hurricane Harvey breaks the 4323-day United States major hurricane landfall drought

All great things must come to an end. After 4,323 days (nearly 12 years), a major hurricane has once again made landfall in the United States. Hurricane Harvey made landfall between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas. Harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 115 knots (130 mph) and an estimated minimum pressure of 938 mb. As of 10:00 p.m. CDT (11:00 p.m. EDT), Hurricane Harvey was centered near 28.0°N 97.0°W and was moving northwestward…

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Category 4 Hurricane Harvey nearing landfall in Texas

Category 4 Hurricane Harvey nearing landfall in Texas

Hurricane Harvey rapidly intensified Friday into a category 4 hurricane – and is threatening to become the first category 4 hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Charley in 2004. Harvey has a very impressive structure with a well-defined eye surrounded by a ring of deep convection. As of 9:00 p.m. CDT (10:00 p.m. EDT), Hurricane Harvey was centered near 27.9°N 96.8°W, and was moving northwestward at 8 mph. Maximum sustained winds were 115 knots (130 mph), with an…

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Strengthening Hurricane Harvey likely to end the 12-year United States major hurricane drought

Strengthening Hurricane Harvey likely to end the 12-year United States major hurricane drought

Just a tropical depression 24 hours ago, Harvey rapidly intensified today into the third hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Harvey is likely to intensify into a category 3 major hurricane before its expected landfall in Texas early Saturday, and is likely to end the 12-year drought of no major hurricanes making landfall in the United States. As of 10:00 p.m. CDT (11:00 p.m. EDT), Hurricane Harvey was centered near 25.2°N 94.6°W, and was moving northwestward at about 10 mph….

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Regenerated Harvey likely to make landfall in South Texas as a strong tropical storm or hurricane, heavy rain the main threat

Regenerated Harvey likely to make landfall in South Texas as a strong tropical storm or hurricane, heavy rain the main threat

The remnants of Harvey regenerated into a tropical depression over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico Wednesday morning after convective organization improved and an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft confirmed the presence of a closed, but broad, circulation. Harvey has become a little better organized throughout the day, with its central pressure falling a little while winds have remained steady. Harvey likely will not strengthen much during the next 12-24 hours due to its current broad structure, but by late tomorrow…

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Harvey expected to regenerate – a potential major flooding threat for Texas

Harvey expected to regenerate – a potential major flooding threat for Texas

The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey crossed the Yucatan Peninsula today and have recently emerged into the eastern Bay of Campeche. Ex-Harvey is expected to regenerate into a Tropical Depression or Storm tomorrow or Thursday, and is likely to make landfall in south-central Texas by late Friday. After that time, it is possible that Harvey could meander for several days, possibly causing serious flooding. As of 00:00 UTC Wednesday, the remnants of Harvey were centered near 20.8°N 90.9°W, and were moving…

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