RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The 2023 Atlantic Hurricane season remains very active as we near the peak of hurricane season on September 10.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there were two tropical storms and two waves being monitored by the National Hurricane Center in the Atlantic ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean.
Tropical Storm Franklin developed Sunday night in the Caribbean Sea and could bring life-threatening flash flooding over Hispaniola through Wednesday as it moves north over the island.
expected to drop heavy rains and strong winds over Hispaniola on Wednesday. Winds are sustained at 50 mph and it’s moving west at 3 mph. It’s currently located 225 miles SSW of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The tropical storm will bring strong winds to portions of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect through Wednesday.
From there, Franklin will merge back into the Atlantic and then meander to the northwest by the weekend and could strengthen into a hurricane by the weekend. It’s too soon to say if Franklin will have any impact on the U.S. but it will be one to watch over the coming days.
Tropical Storm Harold formed in the Gulf of Mexico. It moved over Padre Island, Texas, between Port Mansfield and Corpus Christi, just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Bands of heavy rain continue to spread inland over south Texas and north of the center. The storm is expected to become a depression later today or dissipate. Harold is the first U.S. landfall of the Atlantic hurricane season.
The tropical storm is moving fast to the west-northwest at 21 miles per hour. It will move across southern Texas and northern Mexico during the next day or so as it remains on the south side of a ridge centered over the central U.S.
Two disturbances off the coast of Africa have a 60% and 20% of developing into a tropical depression or named storm over the next seven days.
While there is no direct threat to the U.S. east coast at this time, people should remember that mid to late August is when activity in the tropics begins to heat up. The peak of hurricane season typically falls on September 10. The season will wrap up at the end of November.