According to predictions, this year’s forecast calls for a slightly below average season with at least 13 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes. The reason for the weaker season is the continuation of a weak El Niño.
This year’s Atlantic tropical cyclone names are: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van, Wendy.
On Monday, May 20, 2019, we had the first named storm of 2019, Andrea Is 1st Named Storm Of Atlantic Hurricane Season. Source: NPR. Andrea was born on Monday and died on Wednesday.
One year and four days after I wrote about the first storm of 2018, we have the second storm for 2019. Tropical Storm Barry forms in the Gulf of Mexico. Source: KBTX. Barry is expected to strengthen to category 1 hurricane before it makes landfall early Saturday along mid-Louisiana Gulf Coast.
Update 2019-07-13 at 1:00 PM:
Hurricane Barry made landfall near Intracoastal City, LA, as category 1 hurricane Saturday afternoon and quickly dropped back to tropical storm strength.
Wind speed is not what is troubling much of the region. Experts predict possible rains of up to 25 inches in parts of southern Louisiana and coastal Mississippi, and the slow-moving storm could create big flooding risks in inland areas like greater Baton Rouge. Officials issued mandatory evacuation orders in communities along the coast, including parts of Plaquemines, Jefferson and Lafourche Parishes. Source: NYTimes