Tracking the Tropics: Tropical Depression forms in the Gulf
As we move further into the peak of hurricane season, the Gulf of Mexico has seen its fair share of tropical activity. On Monday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced the formation of Tropical Depression Five in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.
What is a Tropical Depression?
Before we dive into the specifics of Tropical Depression Five, let’s first define what a tropical depression actually is. A tropical depression is a low-pressure system that forms over warm ocean waters in the tropics and subtropics. The system is typically characterized by thunderstorms and a closed circulation, with sustained winds ranging from 20 to 39 miles per hour.
The Details on Tropical Depression Five
Now let’s look at the details on this latest tropical depression. As of Monday afternoon, the system was located about 90 miles southeast of Brownsville, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. The system is expected to move toward the northeast over the next few days, likely making landfall along the southeastern Texas coast or southwestern Louisiana.
So what kind of impacts can we expect from Tropical Depression Five? The NHC warns of heavy rainfall and the potential for flash flooding along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. In addition, gusty winds and high surf could also pose a threat to those in the impacted areas.
Preparing for the Storm
If you live in the potential impact zone of Tropical Depression Five, it’s important to take steps now to prepare for the storm. This includes stocking up on essential supplies such as water, non-perishable food, and first aid items. You should also make sure you have a plan in place for evacuating if necessary.
Other Tropical Activity in the Atlantic
While all eyes are currently on Tropical Depression Five, there is other tropical activity taking place in the Atlantic. The NHC is currently monitoring a disturbance in the far eastern Atlantic that has a 90% chance of forming into a tropical depression or storm over the next five days.
Already Active Season
This latest tropical depression and the potential disturbance in the Atlantic are just further evidence that this hurricane season is shaping up to be an active one. In fact, we’ve already seen nine named storms this season, with the potential for many more to come.
The Importance of Being Prepared
With the potential for more storms throughout the rest of the season, it’s more important than ever to be prepared. This means having an emergency kit ready, a plan for evacuating if necessary, and knowing how to stay safe in the event of a storm.
Tropical Depression Five may not be the most powerful storm we’ve seen this season, but it still has the potential to cause significant damage. As the storm moves toward the Gulf Coast, it’s crucial that those in the potential impact zone take steps to prepare and stay safe. And as we continue through the rest of hurricane season, it’s important to remember the importance of being prepared for whatever the season may bring.