In this article, our goal is to document all United States hurricane activity and information which happens along the Caribbean, Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico, along with impacts to specific locations and weather conditions experienced in these locations.
Readers can interact with this online document and our staff by using the no registration form located at the bottom of this article. Information we’d like see discussed is reporting on damage assessments to cities and towns, information on high winds, reports of storm surge flooding, the presence of tornadoes and waterspouts, downed power lines and utility poles, loss of electricity, roads and highways which are closed due to high water, and other storm conditions associated with U.S. hurricanes impacting land areas.
This page will see storm updates as they are happening in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Updates for inland locations will occur as warranted.
Active Storms and Latest Updates
July 1: Elsa formed east of the Windward and Leeward Islands and is forecast to continue through the Caribbean Sea and finally impacting either the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Basin along the East Coast of the United States. We’ll continue with live updates information if this tropical storm transitions in to a hurricane and document the latest weather advisories. At 7:45 am on July 2, the NHC upgraded Elsa to hurricane status with 75 mph winds still calling for this storm to impact Caribbean islands and then the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico.
June 28: Tropical Storm Danny quickly strenthened from a depression to a storm within a few hours and will impact the SC coast with heavy rain and wind.
June 19: Tropical Storm Claudette impacted the gulf coast and finally made landfall along the Louisiana coast before traveling east over the Southeast, being downgraded to a depression, then a tropical storm again near the North Carolina coast and Outer Banks.
June 15: Tropical Storm Bill formed just off the North Carolina coast near Cape Hatteras and was very short lived as it moved northeast in to colder waters.
May 24: Tropical Storm Ana formed near Bermuda where it lingered for a few days before heading out in to the Atlantic.
Reports On Category Level, Winds, Flooding, Tornadoes And Waterspouts, And Damage
Category 1: Winds of 74 mph to 95 mph causing dangerous winds and some damage.
Category 2: Winds of 96 mph to 110 mph causing extremely dangerous winds and extensive damage.
Category 3: Winds of 111 mph to 129 mph causing devastating damage.
Category 4: Winds of 130 mph to 156 mpg causing catastrophic damage.
Category 5: Winds of 157+ causing catastrophic damage.
Storm Surge Flooding
Storm surge flooding is the most dangerous aspect of a hurricane and can quickly turn deadly. People living directly on the ocean and along waterways near the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean should exercise greater caution during these storms. If you see standing or moving water on roadways, turn around and don’t drown.
Tornadoes And Waterspouts
Tornadoes and waterspouts are quite common in a hurricane and other tropical systems, but not just near the center of circulation. Tornadoes and waterspouts can and do happen many dozens of miles away from the eye.
People living in and visiting coastal beaches along the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico should understand that rip currents are very prominent a week before and after a hurricane impacts a local area. Please learn about beach warning flags used to alert swimmers to cautions and never enter the water when watches and warnings are issued for tropical systems.
Planning And Preparedness
The best time to plan for a hurricane or tropical system is during the off-season from November through April. It’s never a good idea to plan and prepare just before a storm hits your area. All food and water, supplies, gas, generators, and knowing your evacuation routes should be in place by April.
We encourage and welcome readers to use the discussion form below to talk with us and others on this site about hurricane updates in the United States regions along the gulf coast, Caribbean, and Atlantic basin, and we encourage you to ask questions about planning and preparation, things to expect during these storms, and common weather conditions which happen along coastal beaches.
To get a better idea on what specific thing to consider when doing storm planning and preparation, please visit our local page which outlines our suggested list of things to consider.