Every Friday, we do a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
Severe Weather Outlook
The National Weather Service forecasts continued widespread flooding in the Midwest throughout the weekend. Excessive heat and drought conditions continue to impact parts of the U.S. along the Eastern and Southern regions. The National Weather Service also predicts periods of heavy rain this weekend for parts of the Northeast and East coast.
And as hurricane season continues, we continue to closely monitor the Atlantic for potentially severe tropical weather. NOAA recently increased the forecasted number of hurricanes and tropical storms we might see this year. Through our regional offices, we are monitoring three developing tropical low pressure systems in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
- A well-defined low pressure system is currently located north of Bermuda moving northeastward. The system has become much better organized during the past several hours and additional development is possible tonight or Saturday before this disturbance merges with a frontal system. There is a 60 percent chance this system will become becoming a tropical or subtropical cycle during the next 48 hours.
- A tropical low pressure system is currently located east of the Northern Leeward Islands with weather conditions are gradually becoming more conducive for development. There is currently a 50 percent chance that this system could become a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.
- The third tropical system is currently located southwest of the Southern Cape Verde Islands, and is producing a large area of scattered showers while moving westward. This system has a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.
Although there are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect for the U.S. at this time, history has taught us that storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly. We will continue to monitor this activity and provide updates as necessary. You can follow the latest updates from the National Hurricane Center at http://www.hurricanes.gov/, and get prepared at www.Ready.gov/hurricanes.
National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month is fast approaching. We encourage everyone to register to become a National Preparedness Month coalition member at http://community.fema.gov/ and take advantage of new web community and tools available this year. As a coalition member, you’ll join a community of thousands of individuals, emergency management professionals, businesses, and voluntary and faith-based groups sharing emergency preparedness information so that everyone can be better prepared before a disaster strikes.
There is no better time to prepare for an emergency than today, so sign up now to become a National Preparedness Month coalition member!
Ongoing Recovery Efforts
We’ve shared several blog posts highlighting our role in the ongoing disaster response and recovery efforts, from the flooding along the Mississippi River to the devastating tornadoes that struck several states in the Southeast. We continue to support ongoing recovery efforts in those areas.
Here is a video from our video library that shows some of the work we have done following the recent disaster in Alabama.