2020 Atlantic hurricane season update
The WRAL Severe Weather team is tracking the tropics daily throughout hurricane season with the latest on storm tracks, expected impacts and safety at the coast.
Hello, everyone. I'm meteorologist Peter Sherwood. We are watching the tropics very closely. It's certainly an active hurricane season for us, and we want to break down the details for you so you can see that we have those four systems out there. Post Tropical Cyclone Alfa and Tropical Storm Wilfred will not pose a threat to us here in the United States. Let's go ahead and talk about tropical storm data Right now. It's bringing winds at around 60 MPH, and we expect the slow movement on this to continue to slow down. Remember, it's moving over the Gulf of Mexico, where we have very warm sea surface temperatures. And in this vicinity we are also seeing low wind shear. Those two could help the storm intensify and continue to strengthen. We expect that to happen for tomorrow. It's going to strengthen into a Category one storm and then right along the gulf or the coast of Texas, or even make landfall along the Texas coast as we head into Monday. I do want to go ahead and show you some of the model plots on this because you can see it makes its way near or along the coast of Texas. By the time we head into Monday and that is going to take a turn off towards the East, we do have this trough that's going thio dive in from the north in the Midwest and what that's going to do is going to sweep it up and help kick it out of here as a the next several days, you can see there is going to be a slow movement with that system. There's already tropical storm and hurricane watches in effect for the coast of Texas as well as Louisiana, and we're already seeing the system bring rain into the Louisiana area, including New Orleans, for this morning that is going to continue. As we head into the next several days, you can see how much rainfall it's expected to bring that area for this week. Getting near 10 inches of rain and storm surge is also going to be an issue. Some of those areas could get inundated with around 4 ft of storm surge, so it's going to bring a lot of impacts along the coast of Texas. If you have family and even friends in Texas, go ahead and give them a call, make sure that they're prepared for the system that is heading their way. We also have Hurricane Teddy that is out in the Central Atlantic. This is a Category three storm. You can see winds at 125 MPH. What this one is going to do. It's going to continue toe lift off towards the north. You can see Bermuda right there. It's going to move really close to Bermuda. The core of the system is going to move close to Bermuda. Bermuda could get tropical storm conditions, as we have throughout the weekend into Monday, so the impacts will be widespread. Eventually, it's going to weaken into a tropical storm by the time we head into the end of the week and you can see it is going to bring some rain into Canada, including Nova Scotia. This is also going to increase the flooding threat into some of those areas to the north and we are going to see the rip current risk pick up for us here at home. So already we have a high rip current risk in place before today as we have those winds moving in out of the northeast behind our cold front that moved to the south and east. We do anticipate Hurricane Teddy to continue to allow us to see those high rip current risk along the coast, especially as we head into the next several days. We update this forecast for you several times a day. The next update will be later this afternoon with Meteorologist sack Matlock.