Next Atlantic Hurricane: You Should be Uncertain and Aware of It

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If you’re following Twitter and other up-to-the minute sources, you know that there’s a potential hurricane boiling in the central Atlantic Ocean. That said, the as-yet undeveloped hurricane may possibly take aim at Florida and even the Gulf of Mexico. However, the development for this type of major storm is still a long way off in both distance and time, and any number of things may happen.

What’s that mean to you? Is it time to fill up the gas tanks, turn off the electricity, batten down the hatches and head for the safety of high ground hundreds of miles from the coast? Not quite yet.

Earlier this morning, I noticed a tweet (link) that circled an area of disturbed weather in the central Atlantic and then drew a line directly to Houston. Rest assured Houstonians, it’s still too early to predict landfall in your city for a storm that hasn’t developed yet and is still a week away from Cuba. Additionally, computer models are still undecided about which area of disturbed weather will become the eventual hurricane.

This is the image tweeted by Harris County's Public Information Office earlier this morning. If you live in Houston, what does this tell you?

Though this image was tweeted earlier this morning, it is still too early to suggest any kind of tropical development will affect specific areas of the U.S. coast.

Even though the tweet only suggested the Tropics are “about to get busy,” that kind of graphic does get your attention, doesn’t it? Though it’s too early to suggest that an area of very distant disturbed weather is coming to the U.S., the Gulf, Houston, or anywhere else, it is the perfect time to consider the development potential. Take the time to double-check your emergency kit and other preparedness items, and make sure your family is aware that it’s hurricane season. Also keep in mind that we are moving into the busiest part of the season historically (the climatological peak of hurricane season is less than a month away on Sept. 10).

Indeed this area is being closely watched by ImpactWeather’s TropicsWatch team (@TropicsWatch). Our clients’ daily video from early this morning noted development potential for a tropical cyclone in the 6-9 day time period. We will continue to monitor this developing situation.

One thing all of us here can agree on is that being at the end of a 10-day storm track is one of the best places to be since we still have time to prepare our family, homes, businesses, employees and operations for a threat.

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