Isaac poised to become hurricane

Tropical Storm Isaac is now churning in the Caribbean Sea near the French island of Guadaloupe and forecasters say it is on a path to Cuba and Florida.

The U.S. National Hurricane Centre says Isaac will likely strengthen to a hurricane by the time it reaches Florida.

Puerto Rico and other nearby islands are making preparations for the storm including closing ports and suspending flights.

Martinique had already been swamped by more than 80 mm of rain by this morning.


Debby dumps on Florida

Even an alligator tries to escape the Florida flooding, 25 June 2012 (Bay News 9 photo)

After swirling for days in the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Debby finally made landfall on Florida’s west coast today dumping heavy rain on the already saturated region.

The U.S. Hurricane Centre says almost 600 mm (24 inches) of rain has fallen in an area north of Tampa and Debby has sustained winds of about 65 km/h.

A combination of storm surge and high tides is expected to bring more flooding to towns along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

A state of emergency was declared in Florida yesterday and as much as 200 mm of rain could still fall in parts of northern parts of the state and Georgia over the next couple of days.

Beryl bears down on Southeast USA

Image courtesy Weather Underground

Tropical Storm Beryl closed in on the southeastern U.S. coast on Sunday, dumping rain and whipping up heavy surf from northern Florida to South Carolina.

The second named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to make landfall with possible wind gusts to hurricane force, according to the U.S. Hurricane Centre.

Computer forecast models show Beryl moving on an eventual path back out over the Atlantic after coming ashore, posing no threat to U.S. oil and gas installations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Forecasters say it is expected to weaken to a depression by Monday night.

Alberto loses strength

Alberto is downgraded to post-tropical (Image courtesy Stormpulse)

The first tropical depression of the 2012 season may have arrived early but Alberto has already lost strength.

The U.S. Hurricane Centre has already issued its final advisory on Alberto which has become a post-tropical storm.

It is not too unusual to see tropical storms before hurricane season officially begins. 
Within the past five years, three storms have developed during the month of May.The official start of the Atlantic hurricane season is 01 June.