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New area to watch this week in the tropics

Late Sunday evening the National Hurricane Center issued its daily tropical weather outlook highlighting an area near Central America for possible development later in the week. Right now it is too early to tell what, if anything, will form, but this is a fairly typical area for development this time of year. The National Hurricane Center is expecting an area of low pressure to develop in that highlighted area and track northwestward towards Central America and Mexico late this week.  Sea surface temperatures in the Caribbean are running at or just above normal and could support tropical development,...

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Four tips to get the best price with Florida’s hurricane prep sales tax holiday

Florida’s sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies starts Friday and runs through Sunday, June 6. Before you go to the store though, you should be aware of a number of caveats and exceptions on what you can buy and not pay sales tax on.  Let’s examine four tips to make you a more savvy shopper. Tip one: It’s not carte blanche  Florida’s sales tax holiday is not offered carte blanche. Only certain items are allowed to be sold without sales tax as determined by the State of Florida. What qualifies isn’t up to the store’s discretion, and it’s not up to...

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Second area of interest emerges in the Gulf of Mexico

There is a new, second area to watch in the tropics and this one is about 800 miles to our west. A disturbance in the western Gulf of Mexico, associated with a surface low pressure, is producing clouds and thunderstorms. Before this disturbance moves onshore into SE Texas or Louisiana sometime Friday, there is a small window of opportunity for marginal development. Chances for development are quite slim at 20 percent.  Regardless of development, heavy rainfall with the potential for flooding is possible. There are no threats to Florida at this time.  The post Second area of interest...

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‘Ana’ expected to form in the Atlantic

The NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Tracking Team continues to monitor an area of low pressure in the Atlantic, which is showing signs of becoming better organized and could develop into Subtropical Storm Ana in the next two days. The area to watch is currently a non-tropical system about 800 miles east of Bermuda. The National Hurricane Center now gives the system a 70% chance of developing in the next two days and a 90% chance of developing in the next 5 days. The good news is the storm will stay out to sea and will not be a threat to Florida or the U.S. mainland. Likely soon-to-be...

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Rainy season begins on Saturday

FORT MYERS, Fla.– The start of South Florida’s rainy season begins on Saturday, May 15th and runs through October 15th. During this five-month stretch of time the vast majority of the rain our area sees each year falls, as sea breeze-driven thunderstorms pop up and drench various regions of the peninsula depending on the wind direction of the day. Having a fixed-date rainy season is a relatively new concept, but one that makes sense. A few years ago, instead of being a set date season, the rainy season’s start and end date was always declared retroactivity. (The...

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Use caution: High wildfire risk on Saturday

The Florida Forest Service is listing Lee County in the “very high” wildfire danger index level on Saturday, as a combination of stronger winds, generally dry soil, and lower humidity levels increases the risk of fires in the area.  Charlotte County is listed as having a high risk of wildfires on Saturday, while Collier, DeSoto, Hendry, and Glades counties remain under the moderate fire risk category.   Florida Forest Service highlights each Florida county with a fire threat index each day. The threat scale ranges from low to extreme and is issued as a heads-up for people in the...

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How to sign your child up for a free NHC hurricane webinar

Do you have a young student in your family interested in the weather?  The National Hurricane Center is offering a free online webinar geared toward kids in grades 3 through 8.   The free, one-hour-long online webinars will focus on what meteorologists do, what hurricanes are all about, and how information is shared about incoming storms.  Learn more from the NHC here.  The first session is on Wednesday, May 12th at 4 p.m.   A second session is open on Tuesday, May 18th. A Spanish session will be offered on Thursday, May 13th at 4 p.m.  You can register for the sessions by following...

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Hurricane Preparedness Week: 2 topics a day

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week and your NBC2 First Alert Meteorologists want you to be prepared. Every day we will feature two topics that will help you get ready for the upcoming hurricane season. 1. Write things down Grab a pen and paper and write down your important contacts. That includes names and numbers of family members, doctors, and veterinarians. You can use this physical contact list as a backup to your cell phone and computer. It’s a good idea to make paper copies of the contact list and other important documents like medical records, birth certificates...

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Eastern Pacific hurricane season starts early

While the tropical Atlantic remains quiet, the Eastern Pacific is already dealing with its first named storm of the season. Tropical Storm Andres developed Sunday afternoon, about 620 miles south of the southern tip of Baja, California.  According to Colorado State University Hurricane Researcher Dr. Philip Klotzbach, this is the earliest a named tropical system has ever formed in the Eastern Pacific. Tropical Storm #Andres has formed in the eastern tropical Pacific. Andres is the earliest calendar year eastern tropical Pacific (to 140°W) named storm formation on record, breaking old record...

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