Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Atlantic gains another tropical storm

The Atlantic gained another tropical storm overnight as a depression upgraded its status to become the second named storm in the ocean.

Tropical depression eight, now Tropical Storm Helene, is lurking southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. National Weather Service meterologist Dustin Norman said it’s expected to trek west across the Atlantic and curve out over the sea where it will dissipate.

RELATED: Florence just one of three storms threatening the United States

The other Atlantic tropical storm is Florence — which was a hurricane, and is expected to regain that status by Tuesday — is taking aim at the east coast.

The Bay area shouldn’t see any effects from the storms, though, Norman said. Right now, models show North and South Carolina as the biggest targets for Florence. But he warned, the entire eastern seaboard should be on alert.

"There is still some sufficient uncertainty given that it’s five to six days out," Norman said.

The storm will need close monitoring over the next several days, but Normal said forecasters don’t expect it to move toward Florida.

RELATED: Despite quiet start, hurricane season could still pack a punch

"This weekend you can expect the weather to be the same old, same old," he said.

The biggest difference about this weekend? Instead of several sporadic thunderstorms that’s been happening this week, residents can expect a single storm to last a bit longer. Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s.

Monday is considered the peak day of hurricane season (it is also the anniversary of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida on Sept. 10, 2017.) This year, Weather Underground director of meteorology Jeff Masters said, that day also happens to coincide with when ocean waters are at its warmest: "It doesn’t happen often but when it does, it can contribute to increased storm activity."

2018 TIMES HURRICANE GUIDE: Everything you need to know to get ready for storm season

DOWNLOAD: Get the tbo Weather App and see where storms are headed

ALERTS: The latest advisories from the National Weather Service

LIVE RADAR: Interactive storm track, hourly outlooks, 10-day forecasts and weather alerts

There is another tropical depression, number nine, that meterologists are beginning to watch as early indicators show that the storm could come up through the Gulf of Mexico — but that’s three weeks away.

In the eastern Pacific, Hurricane Olivia is more than 1,600 miles off the coast of Hawaii and is expected to draw close to Honolulu by Wednesday. And in the western Pacific, tropical depression Mangkhut is approaching Guam and has the potential to strengthen into a typhoon.

It’s been 26 years since three major storms have formed in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and threatened the United States and its territories in both hemispheres and could all make landfall at about the same time.

Contact McKenna Oxenden at [email protected] Follow @mack_oxenden

• • •

2018 TAMPA BAY TIMES HURRICANE GUIDE: FIVE LESSONS FROM IRMA

CHARLIE FRAGO: How to (barely) survive a week without power

COLLEEN WRIGHT: I took shelter from Irma. Here’s what I learned.

WAVENEY ANN MOORE: How I took care of my mother during Irma

MOLLY MOORHEAD: How to hunker down when you’re not evacuating

CAITLIN JOHNSTON: Evacuating? Drive tens of miles — not hundreds

Comments
'You gotta take care of home': Michael Jordan donates $2 million to Florence recovery efforts

'You gotta take care of home': Michael Jordan donates $2 million to Florence recovery efforts

As Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas late last week, bringing with it torrential rain and flooding, the news was grim: Towns were transformed into islands cut off by floodwaters, the number of storm-related deaths increased daily and hund...
Updated: 4 hours ago
As Florence dissipates, what happened to the other tropical storms in the Atlantic?

As Florence dissipates, what happened to the other tropical storms in the Atlantic?

On Sept. 10, three storms and two tropical disturbances seemed to pose a threat to the Eastern United States from the Atlantic. A graphic from National Hurricane Center showed Hurricane Florence approaching Bermuda with a trajectory aimed roughly at ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Last week of summer continues typical forecast of hot, humid weather across Tampa Bay

Last week of summer continues typical forecast of hot, humid weather across Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay trudges through a week of hot and humid weather with more afternoon showers, and Wednesday's forecast indicates much of the same. While Tampa Bay appears to have a wet weekend ahead, a change in air flow will push back the timing of the sto...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Last week of summer continues typical forecast of hot, humid weather across Tampa Bay

Last week of summer continues typical forecast of hot, humid weather across Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay trudges through a week of hot and humid weather with more afternoon showers, and Wednesday’s forecast indicates much of the same. While Tampa Bay appears to have a wet weekend ahead, a change in air flow will push back the timing of the sto...
Published: 09/19/18
Fate of FEMA leader Brock Long in doubt as Florence cleanup continues

Fate of FEMA leader Brock Long in doubt as Florence cleanup continues

WASHINGTON — While Hurricane Florence barreled through the Carolinas, a different type of storm was brewing within the federal disaster relief agency tasked with responding to the fallout.The fate of Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergen...
Published: 09/19/18
Plenty of sunshine means hot, humid day for Tampa Bay

Plenty of sunshine means hot, humid day for Tampa Bay

Temperatures will rocket into the lower 90s by the late morning to early afternoon Tuesday, while little cloud cover will leave plenty of sunshine to warm up Tampa Bay.Tuesday morning will begin relatively dry with sparse cloud cover and few storms a...
Published: 09/18/18
Plenty of sunshine means hot, humid day for Tampa Bay

Plenty of sunshine means hot, humid day for Tampa Bay

Temperatures will rocket into the lower 90s by the late morning to early afternoon Tuesday, while little cloud cover will leave plenty of sunshine to warm up Tampa Bay.Tuesday morning will begin relatively dry with sparse cloud cover and few storms a...
Published: 09/18/18
Noah's Ark except it's a school bus: Truck driver rescues 64 dogs and cats from floods of Hurricane Florence

Noah's Ark except it's a school bus: Truck driver rescues 64 dogs and cats from floods of Hurricane Florence

There is nothing like a meal at the Waffle House after driving more than 60 animals from the South Carolina coast to southern Alabama inside of a school bus. Tony Alsup can attest.Alsup, a 51-year-old trucker from Greenback, Tennessee, was parked at ...
Published: 09/17/18
Swollen rivers near record levels as Florence looms

Swollen rivers near record levels as Florence looms

WILMINGTON, N.C. — With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to a city of nearly 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from ...
Published: 09/17/18
Scattered afternoon storms to persist across Tampa Bay this week

Scattered afternoon storms to persist across Tampa Bay this week

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be a persistent problem and dampen Tampa Bay’s afternoons throughout this week. Many of these storms won’t move inland until after lunchtime, according to the National Weather Service.Monday’s forecast begins ...
Published: 09/17/18