SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is not statistically until mid-September, however, there are several systems we are watching. Two storms are named and another will have potential to organize over the next several days.
Tracking Tropical Storm Hanna
Late Thursday night, Hurricane Hunters fond that the depression in the Gulf of Mexico strengthened into Tropical Storm Hanna. This is the earliest 8th Atlantic named storm formation on record. Prior record was Harvey on August 3, 2005.
The center of the storm is about 230 miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas. Maximum sustained winds are at 50 mph, and the storm is moving to the WNW at 9 mph.
The center of Hanna is expected to move across the northwestern Gulf of Mexico though Friday night and make landfall along the Texas coast on Saturday. The storm could get stronger before making landfall.
Hanna could drop 3-5 inches of rain with isolated totals up to 10 inches. Flooding will be a major concern from this system across southern Texas.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Texas coast.
Tracking Tropical Storm Gonzalo
Tropical storm Gonzalo continues to move toward the Caribbean Sea and the Windward Islands. As of the 2 PM EDT National Hurricane Center advisory, sustained wind at the center are 45 mph with wind gusts of 65 mph. Movement is to the west at 18 mph. The pressure has risen a little to 1008 mb, meaning this system will continue to become weaker. Gonzalo is no longer expected to reach hurricane status.
As Gonzalo enters the central Caribbean Sea, some dry air aloft will help to weaken the system back to tropical storm status. There is no threat to the Coastal Empire or Lowcountry at this time.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Barbados and St. Vincent Island. Tropical storm conditions will be expect in those areas beginning Saturday morning.
Eastern Atlantic Disturbance
A tropical wave has moved off the coast of Africa and the National Hurricane Center is watching it for the possibility of developing into the season’s next tropical depression or tropical storm. At this time, there is a low chance for developing. Just 30% over the next five days.
This system is moving westward and will be moving over the same area that Gonzalo is right now. Long term, that will mean it will take a little longer to become organized and it will also encounter some dry air aloft along with some Saharan dust.
There is no threat to the Coastal Empire or Lowcountry from this system at this time.
Major Hurricane Douglas Approaching Hawaii
A storm in the eastern Pacific Ocean has been gaining strength over the past several days. Hurricane Douglas is located 895 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii as of Thursday evening. Sustained wind at the center are 120 mph making this a major category 3 hurricane. Wind gusts are even stronger at 150 mph. Movement is to the west-northwest at 18 mph. Douglas will gradually weaken as it gets closer to Hawaii.
The effects of Douglas will begin to be felt in the Hawaiian Island on Sunday. By then, this will still be a strong hurricane, however some weakening is expected as the storm approaches Hawaii. Hurricane watches and warnings will be issued. Along with a major wind threat, flooding rain is also expected.
There is no threat to the U.S. mainland from hurricane Douglas.