Record Breaking Hurricane Season
This hurricane season has produced the most amount of tropical storm systems before August 1st, since the we’ve been keeping track of storms in 1850. This has surpassed the rate of storms in 2005, which had 27 named storms, and 5 major hurricanes, including hurricane Katrina and hurricane Wilma. While the storms have not proven to be as intense as 2005, the high number of developed storms increases the potential of a major hurricane system being formed.
There are three current storm systems right now, as of July 24th 2020.
- Tropical Storm Hanna: Currently in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Texas and Louisiana, Reported to bring 3-5 inches of rain, and flooding up to 8 inches.
- Hurricane Douglas: The strongest storm, currently at a category 3, winds of 120 mph, spreading 25 miles from the center of the storm.
- Tropical Storm Gonzalo: Increasing speed, heading towards the southern Caribbean islands, with winds of 50 mph. Meteorologists predict that this storm might not strengthen to the category of a hurricane, but will still bring high levels of wind and rain.
Many residents in a HVHZ (High Velocity Hurricane Zone) might be lulled into a false sense of security due to the weakness of these current storms, we advocate a high sense of precaution and preparation. With waters warming up in the Atlantic Ocean, this hurricane season is well underway to produce a high number of storms, with the possibility of a high category hurricane system. Stay prepared, stay informed, stay safe!