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Hurricane Storm Watch: August 2023 Outlook

August is traditionally a month of increased tropical activity, and 2023 is showing signs of fitting the trend. This season was predicted to be above average, and the observed patterns align with these forecasts. The Atlantic basin remains conducive to tropical cyclone development with warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures and favorable atmospheric conditions.


Tropical Storm Gert: On Tuesday morning, Tropical Storm Gert will weaken due to strong trade winds, causing rough seas that will persist into Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Franklin: The storm is forecasted to reach the Dominican Republic by Wednesday evening, followed by heavy sustained winds on Thursday. It is expected to become a hurricane by early Friday morning.

Tropical Cyclone Nine (potential): There is a high probability that a tropical storm or depression will form and hit Southern Texas and northern Mexico within 48 hours.

August 2023 Tropical Storms in the Atlantic and Northern Pacific
Photo Credit: National Hurricane Center

Eastern North Pacific

Tropical Cyclone Hilary (post): The post-tropical cyclone is moving northeast with 30 mph winds but is expected to weaken over the next 12 hours. The Intermountain, northern Arizona, and central Utah regions are expected to receive up to 3 inches of rain, with a risk of flooding. Areas with high terrain, like Nevada, western Utah, southern Idaho, and southwest Montana should expect heavy wind gusts.

Flash Flooding Potential for the US
Photo Credit: National Hurricane Center

Stay Prepared

Being prepared is key to mitigating the potential impacts of hurricanes. Here are some essential steps to consider:

Stay Informed: Regularly monitor weather updates, advisories, and official statements from reliable sources such as the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and local meteorological agencies.

Develop an Emergency Plan: Create a comprehensive plan for your family or household, including evacuation routes, communication strategies, and essential supplies like food, water, medication, and important documents.

Secure Your Property: Prepare your home or business by securing loose items, reinforcing doors and windows, and trimming trees or branches that could potentially cause damage during high winds.

Assemble an Emergency Kit: Gather essential items like batteries, flashlights, a first aid kit, non-perishable food, water, and a battery-powered radio.

Review Insurance Coverage: Ensure your property and belongings are adequately covered by reviewing your insurance policies, including wind and flood damage coverage.

Stay Connected: Have multiple methods of communication available, including cell phones, battery-powered radios, and alternative power sources like portable chargers.

Together, informed, and prepared, we can weather any storm.