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3 tropical storms and 2 disturbances will likely produce at least 1 hurricane

August 21, 2023

We are starting things off in the tropics this week with 3 tropical storms and 2 other disturbances.

We had two tropical storms form on Sunday in the Atlantic, and another was named very early this morning. Emily was born Sunday morning, followed by Franklin in the afternoon, then Gert was named just after midnight making it the 8th named storm of the season. Only seven other years on record have had eight or more named storms by August 21st.

Two additional disturbances in the tropics, one in the Gulf of Mexico and the other in the eastern Atlantic, have a high chance of intensifying into a named storm the next few days. Harold is next on the list.

Although none of those systems are expected to impact Florida, Franklin is forecasted to become the second hurricane of the Atlantic season later on this week.

Please keep in mind just because there are no immediate threats for us, the past 6 days should be a reminder that things can change quickly at this time of year. We are expecting the tropics to stay active as we approach peak season the next several weeks. Always be prepared and plugged in by downloading the Florida Storms app.

Sources include nearest National Weather Service office, National Hurricane Center, and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (@FloridaStorms).
Sources include nearby emergency management agencies, FEMA, and your local NPR affiliate. 
Sources include the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol and other nearby traffic information.

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