Hurricane Agatha was the first hurricane of the season and made landfall on Mexico’s southwest Pacific coast as a Category 2 storm with winds of 105 mph. Since landfall, the storm system quickly weakened. The remnants of Agatha continue to bring heavy rainfall across portions of Mexico, posing the threat of flooding and mudslides.
The National Hurricane Center has a 80 percent chance of development of a tropical cyclone for the area in red. Computer weather models show a low-pressure system developing the Gulf and tracking closer to South Florida. There doesn’t look to be any threat to Alabama’s Gulf Coast or the panhandle of Florida. There will be a threat of heavy rainfall over South Florida as the system approaches the state.
Hurricane season starts on June 1 and runs through November 30. NOAA is forecasting an above-average hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin but a below-average season for the Pacific Basin. If we do see a system develop in the Gulf in the next five days the name would be “Alex”.
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