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Tracking the Tropics: Monitoring Caribbean for possible development

The NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Tracking Team is monitoring the far southwestern Caribbean for possible tropical development this week. The National Hurricane Center currently gives this area a 30% chance of development in the next 5 days but a near 0% chance of development in the next 48 hours.  If anything ends up forming here, it’s going to take some time and not the type of system that would blow up overnight into a strong storm.  The area being monitored is part of a larger circulation that’s common over Central America this time of year that’s referred to as the Central...

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Four tips to get the best price with Florida’s hurricane prep sales tax holiday

Florida’s sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies starts Friday and runs through Sunday, June 6. Before you go to the store though, you should be aware of a number of caveats and exceptions on what you can buy and not pay sales tax on.  Let’s examine four tips to make you a more savvy shopper. Tip one: It’s not carte blanche  Florida’s sales tax holiday is not offered carte blanche. Only certain items are allowed to be sold without sales tax as determined by the State of Florida. What qualifies isn’t up to the store’s discretion, and it’s not up to...

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Second area of interest emerges in the Gulf of Mexico

There is a new, second area to watch in the tropics and this one is about 800 miles to our west. A disturbance in the western Gulf of Mexico, associated with a surface low pressure, is producing clouds and thunderstorms. Before this disturbance moves onshore into SE Texas or Louisiana sometime Friday, there is a small window of opportunity for marginal development. Chances for development are quite slim at 20 percent.  Regardless of development, heavy rainfall with the potential for flooding is possible. There are no threats to Florida at this time.  The post Second area of interest emerges...

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‘Ana’ expected to form in the Atlantic

The NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Tracking Team continues to monitor an area of low pressure in the Atlantic, which is showing signs of becoming better organized and could develop into Subtropical Storm Ana in the next two days. The area to watch is currently a non-tropical system about 800 miles east of Bermuda. The National Hurricane Center now gives the system a 70% chance of developing in the next two days and a 90% chance of developing in the next 5 days. The good news is the storm will stay out to sea and will not be a threat to Florida or the U.S. mainland. Likely soon-to-be Ana will make...

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2020 hurricane season marks a new record

Post-season analysis from the National Hurricane Center finds that Hurricane Zeta strengthened to major hurricane status just before landfall. After each hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) does a detailed review and write-up of each storm that formed. Occasionally, data from this analysis will yield an upgrade or downgrade in strength for a storm. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season saw a record breaking 30 named storms, more than the 2005 season when Katrina formed.  One of the records from 2005 that remained unchanged was the number of major (category 3+) hurricanes. However,...

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