The first Tropical Storm of the season has formed off the coast of Florida. Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to stay well east of Georgia as it passes by on Thursday. Kent Frantz with the National Weather Center says is expected to stay well off Georgia’s coast. The state is on what is called the storm’s “dry side” so there won’t be much of an impact. “We should actually have lesser chances of thunderstorms than we’ve had for several days,” said Frantz. “So we should actually have nicer weather. But it will be a few degrees above normal. We’ll be in the low to mid 90’s for the next couple days as this passes by.”
As we enter the peak weeks of hurricane season, new University of Georgia research explains why some storms don’t fall apart once they make landfall. Andersen and her co-author, Marshall Shepherd, call the phenomenon the “brown ocean.”
State and federal officials are using these final days before the Atlantic hurricane season begins Saturday to urge Georgians at along the coast and beyond to prepare. NOAA forecasters are predicting an above-average season with 13 to 20 named storms and six major hurricanes.
Hurricane Isaac was downgraded to a tropical storm Wednesday, but winds and torrential rains sent water over an 18 mile section of a rural Louisiana levee. The storm is now slogging through New Orleans, where Hurricane Katrina hit seven years ago to the day.
Forecasters say Tropical Storm Isaac will bring the threat of flooding and tornadoes to the southwest corner of Georgia. The National Weather Service in Tallahassee said 5 to 7 inches of rain is possible in parts of southwest Georgia.
National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Darbe said Tropical Storm Issac’s path is wide and unpredictable. Even though Isaac looks like it's headed west, Georgia could still see some effects from the storm.
The National Hurricane Center’s 5 a.m. advisory centered Tropical Depression Beryl about 10 miles northwest of Valdosta, with winds at 30 miles-an-hour winds and a few higher gusts. The storm is inching north at 2 miles per hour, but forecasters said it will turn northeast and pick up speed later Tuesday.