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Updated at 11:17 p.m. ET

Hurricane Sally brought 100-mph winds and the threat of historic flooding to southeastern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle on Wednesday after making landfall as a Category 2 storm. Some isolated areas in its path could see nearly 3 feet of rain.

Category 2 Hurricane Sally Moving Ashore

Sep 16, 2020

Hurricane Sally strengthened to a category 2 storm during the overnight hours of Tuesday with top sustained winds of 105 mph. The northern and eastern eyewall was moving over the Alabama coastline and Escambia county, Florida based on radar observations early Wednesday morning. The center of the eye is forecast to come ashore between Mobile and Pensacola during the mid hours of Wednesday. Hurricane force conditions were occurring in the western Panhandle based on ground reports from wind sensors.

Days of heavy rain may lead to historic flooding over parts of the central Gulf coast, including the western Florida Panhandle.

Sally, which soaked much of South Florida this weekend, is now set to bring tropical storm force conditions and torrential rain to the Panhandle coastline starting Monday afternoon.

A tropical storm or hurricane is not expected to threaten Florida this weekend. However, an abundance of tropical moisture from a nearby tropical wave could lead to repeating downpours and possible flooding in portions of the state.

Athena Masson is Changing How We Measure Hurricanes

Sep 10, 2020

When Dr. Athena Masson was 3 years old, Hurricane Andrew devastated her South Beach community. She remembers hearing meteorologist Bryan Norcross on the radio, telling listeners they were evacuating the TV station. She remembers him saying, 'You need to find a mattress and put it over your head, and that mattress is going to save you.'

System In Atlantic Could Make For Wet Weekend Across Florida

Sep 10, 2020

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of unsettled weather in the Atlantic that has a small chance of development but could still make for a wet weekend across Florida.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say the system was located about 200 miles northeast of the Bahamas as of Thursday morning and drifting west toward Florida.

It has a 20 percent chance of further development in the next five days as it approaches Florida on Friday and heads toward the eastern Gulf of Mexico, according to the hurricane center.

Two new tropical storms formed in the central and eastern Atlantic Monday, but neither are expected to be a threat to the United States at this time.

Tropical Depression Fifteen Forms off Southeast U.S. Coast

Aug 31, 2020

The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Fifteen late Monday afternoon, located 190 miles to the south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Aside from high surf and strong rip currents along the Atlantic Coast, this system poses no direct threat to the United States and is expected to continue out to sea.

Updated at 11:50 p.m. ET

Tropical Storm Marco has made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River but it is Tropical Storm Laura that has Louisiana and Texas residents bracing for what could be the strongest storm since 2005's Hurricane Rita — still ranked as the most intense tropical cyclone on record in the Gulf of Mexico.

Marco soaking the Panhandle; Laura to Bring Squalls to the Keys

Aug 24, 2020

Rain from Tropical Storm Marco is likely to bring areas of flash flooding to the Florida Panhandle Monday and Monday night, while the Florida Keys get brushed from Tropical Storm Laura as it enters the Gulf of Mexico.

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Updated as of 9:30 AM Friday:

Reconnaissance aircraft found that Tropical Depression 13 strengthened to Tropical Storm Laura in the eastern Caribbean Sea about 230 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands. The tropical storm is disorganized, but is expected to bring squally weather to the islands today. There have been no changes to the forecast track or anticipated intensity of the storm, but an update will be issued around 11 AM Friday with possible adjustments.

Original Story from 8:00 AM Friday:

Tropical Depression 14 is nearing tropical storm status as it passes near the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras. It poses a direct threat to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula this weekend, and likely the central or western Gulf coast of the United States during the middle of next week.

Update as of 11 AM

Forecasters are monitoring two tropical waves that could further develop later this week as they move west – and possibly toward the Gulf of Mexico.

The traditionally busier weeks of the Atlantic hurricane season are upon us, and two new tropical storms may develop this week.  

Scientists recently went on their annual excursion to the "dead zone" in the northern Gulf of Mexico, only to find that tropical weather disrupted the data.

Tropical Storm Josephine - already the tenth named storm of the season - formed in the central Atlantic Thursday, but is not expected to be a threat to the United States.

As of late Thursday evening, Josephine was located 760 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, and was moving west-northwestward at 17 mph. This trajectory will likely keeping Josephine north of the  Lesser Antilles and far enough away to prevent significant impacts to any land areas.

Tropical Depression Eleven has formed in the central Atlantic, but it poses no immediate threat to the Sunshine State.

A more organized center of circulation was noted on satellite data Tuesday afternoon around a tropical wave located 900 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, and this prompted the National Hurricane Center to begin advisories on Tropical Depression Eleven.

Colorado State University (CSU) released its final Atlantic hurricane season forecast for 2020, raising the number of tropical storms and hurricanes from their previous forecasts and now calling for an “extremely active” hurricane season.

After skirting the east coast of Florida throughout the weekend, Tropical Storm Isaias is poised to exit the state on a path to the Carolinas as a hurricane once again.

Updated at 5:40 a.m. ET on Monday

Tropical Storm Isaias skirted the east coast of Florida on Sunday and is now on track to hit the Carolinas Monday night.

As of 5:00 a.m. Monday, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was located about 155 miles east southeast of Jacksonville, Fla. and 280 miles south-southwest of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Its maximum sustained winds have were at 70 miles per hour.

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Updated at 3:04 p.m.: Naval Air Station Jacksonville announced Sunday afternoon that the NAS Jax commanding officer is minimizing command operations and the footprint on base tomorrow, Aug. 3 to minimum personnel only, in advance of the possible severe weather from Tropical Storm Isaias.

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Clay County Emergency Management said Sunday it is preparing for residents to potentially experience tropical storm gusts and slightly elevated water levels, specifically along the St. Johns River and Doctors Lake areas early Monday morning. Currently, Clay County is under a Tropical Storm Warning.

Update as of 9:00 AM Sunday:

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to move along the Florida Atlantic coast today from Palm Beach county northward toward the Space Coast today and tonight with tropical storm force winds, locally heavy rain, and rough seas. The Tropical Storm is expected to be at its closest approach to the First Coast late Sunday night and Monday morning before departing for the Carolinas. Conditions are expected to gradually improve late Monday afternoon and evening.

Updated at 6:52 p.m. ET

Isaias weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it headed toward Florida's southeast coast on Saturday evening, but it is expected to restrengthen to a hurricane overnight. The National Hurricane Center is warning that tropical storm conditions are expected to begin Saturday night in Florida and is urging residents to prepare "to protect life and property."

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Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday issued a state of emergency for all counties along Florida’s East Coast in response to Hurricane Isaias as the storm tracks close to the state's shoreline along its northern journey.

Mayor Lenny Curry is pictured during a 2019 Hurrican Dorian briefing. Thursday he gave his first Tropical Storm Isaias briefing.
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is telling residents to be prepared for the potential of Tropical Storm Isaias impacting Jacksonville, which is expected to impact Florida this weekend. 

Update Thursday 11 am: Tropical Storm Isaias is just offshore the southeastern shores of the Dominican Republic as of the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Isaias continues to maintain maximum sustained wind speeds of 60 mph (97 km/h) with no change in intensity as of the latest advisory with a forward motion to the northwest at 20 mph.

Heavy rains and life-threatening flash flooding have been reported from the neighboring island of Puerto Rico where power has been knocked out to thousands of customers.

New Tropical Wave In Central Atlantic

Jul 27, 2020

In the tropics, Hurricane Hanna made landfall in South Texas over the weekend, and Tropical Storm Gonzalo dissipated in the eastern Caribbean. But already this morning, Meteorologist Jeff Huffman says there's a new tropical wave in the Central Atlantic that is likely to develop.

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