Floods are in effect until Sunday for Florida’s west coast areas including Tampa, Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers. In these areas 2 to 4 inches of rain are expected over the weekend.
Most forecast models predict Sally will move to the northern Gulf coast and will likely land somewhere between New Orleans and Panama City by the end of Monday or Tuesday, however if the track moves further west or slows down, the ‘landing could hold out until Wednesday.
Once that area of the Gulf Coast is reached, the governance patterns are interrupted and the system winds near the coast.
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As of now, widespread accumulations of precipitation of 4 to 6 inches are likely. However, there will be isolated areas along the coast that could collect more than a foot of rain.
Already an active season
Many storms have broken records for being the first to be named to date, including Cristobal was the first “C” letter storm in recorded history and Hanna was the first “H” letter storm. All but three named storms (Arthur, Bertha, and Dolly) set records for being the first named storm for the respective letter.
Sally is just one of many Atlantic systems. The NHC is currently observing six areas: three tropical storms and three tropical disturbances. Thursday marked the culmination of hurricane season in the Atlantic.
“Tropical Storm Paulette is expected to strengthen into a hurricane today,” says CNN meteorologist Haley Brink. “Paulette is expected to head for Bermuda and potentially land early Monday morning as a Category 2 storm. A hurricane watch is in place for Bermuda with possible hurricane conditions within 48 hours. Tropical storm conditions will begin to hit. Bermuda on Sunday afternoon and the hurricane conditions will start on Sunday evening “.
Another system to watch out for is a large low pressure area southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. This system has a 90% chance of development in the next five days. The National Hurricane Center predicts a tropical depression will form within the next two days. After Sally there are only three names left on this year’s official list: Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred. After that the NHC will switch to using the Greek alphabet.
La Niña is officially here