Gov. Greg Abbott urges Texans to be prepared, monitor this weekend’s weather, flood threats
HOUSTON – Governor Greg Abbott is urging Texans to be vigilant over the next few days as he and his office closely monitor a potential tropical development brewing in the Gulf. RELATED: What to know about the two Tropical systems brewing right nowAbbott said the state is preparing its resources to assist communities with potential flooding and heavy rainfall. “I urge Texans across the state to monitor the weather in their area and take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones from possible flash flooding and heavy rainfall,” Abbott said. “As this Tropical Depression approaches the Lone Star State, we are taking the necessary precautions to keep Texans safe,” Abbott said. “These resources I have rostered will help our communities respond to the severe weather and possible flash floods caused by this Tropical Depression.
July 7 Update: There’s an increase in the 2020 hurricane season forecast
HOUSTON – Today, Colorado State University hurricane researchers led by hurricane expert, Dr. Phil Klotzbach, have increased their 2020 hurricane forecast to the following:The new updated July hurricane forecast for 2020We have already had five named storms as of the Fourth of July weekend, so according to the new updated hurricane forecast, we could see an additional 15 named storms before the end of the season! One of the fuels for an active hurricane season is warmer than average Atlantic Ocean waterActive Western Africa monsoon season:The current forecast for the monsoonal season across Western Africa is trending to be a wetter (more active) season than usual. These are important because a generally strong La Niña pattern lends itself to a more active tropical season by history. Conversely, an El Niño pattern generally is seen during less active tropical seasons. We’ll continue to see more updates to the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane seasonal forecast this August as well.
ASK 2 LIVE: Meteorologists Frank Billingsley and Eric Braate are discussing and taking questions about the 2020 hurricane season
HOUSTON The 2020 Hurricane season has begun and it already promises to be a busy one by multiple forecasts. KPRC 2s Frank Billingsley and Eric Braate are discussing what to expect for this hurricane season and are answering questions for registered KPRC 2 users. RELATED: Here is KPRC2s 2020 Hurricane & Flood Survival GuideHow to participate:Create an account on click2.houston.com by clicking the button in the top right-corner of the screen. Once youre logged in, you can post your questions in the live chat below and Frank and Eric will try to answer them for you. App users click here to participate in the live chat.
COVID-19 presents new challenges as you create your familys hurricane plan
HOUSTON Its the first day of hurricane season and forecasters are predicting its going to be a busy one. Weve already had two named storms before the season even started, and now theres a tropical depression near the Yucatan Peninsula that could get a name this week. Everything that was important for hurricane season last year is important now, says Francisco Sanchez with the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Another critical message is dont wait to get your familys hurricane kit together and stock up on supplies. And for more on the upcoming season, and the essentials to include in your familys tropical weather kit, check out KPRC2s 2020 Hurricane & Flood Survival Guide.