Tropical storm 09L (Humberto) has come back to life in the central Atlantic…located about 1200 miles southwest of the Azores Islands (Sustained winds of 40 mph)
Tropical storm 10L (Ingrid) remains active inland over Mexico…located about 25 miles west of La Pesca, Mexico (Sustained winds of 60 mph)
Tropical storm Humberto has come back to life in the central Atlantic. Humberto is the second tropical storm of the Atlantic Ocean season, that degenerated into a remnant low pressure area…only to make a comeback as a tropical storm.
On Sunday, September 15th, Humberto weakened to a remnant low pressure area, when it came under the influence of an area of strong wind shear. The wind shear eased since then, and Humberto regained tropical storm strength this morning, making it the second storm in the Atlantic Ocean basin to regenerate this year. The first was Tropical Storm Gabrielle that degenerated…and then re-formed in early September in the western Atlantic.
This is a NASA satellite image showing reformed tropical storm Humberto in the Atlantic Ocean
At 1500 UTC this morning, tropical storm Humberto had maximum sustained winds near 40 mph. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects slow strengthening over the next couple of days. As a matter of fact, Humberto may reach hurricane strength in about 72 hours. It was located about 1,200 miles southwest of the Azores Islands at the time of this writing. TS Humberto is moving toward the west-northwest near 8 mph, and is expected to move northwest and then the north-northwest…before shifting to the north-northeast.
There is no land areas or islands in Humberto’s path…although Humberto will likely take a track to the west and northwest of the Azores by Friday into the weekend.
Tropical storm Ingrid made landfall in La Pesca, Mexico this morning, which is located in northeastern part of that country. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Cabo Rojo northward to Rio San Fernando.
TS Ingrid’s maximum sustained winds have decreased from hurricane force to near 65 mph, and further weakening is forecast as the storm moves inland during the day. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) noted that the center of TS Ingrid was located just inland, or directly over La Pesca, Mexico at the time of this writing. Ingrid was moving toward the west-northwest at near 10 mph, and a turn to the west then west-southwest is expected.
Ingrid was the second hurricane of the 2013 season, having reached a peak strength of 85 mph this past weekend. Ingrid is the 3rd named tropical storm to impact Mexico’s Gulf coast so far this season…which is higher than normal.
The heavy rainfall is the main threat from TS Ingrid, especially as the storm moves inland over the mountainous areas. The NHC noted that Ingrid is expected to produce 10-15 inches of rain over a large part of eastern Mexico…with isolated amounts of 25 inches possible. The primary rain shield associated with Ingrid is located approximately 200 miles south of the Texas border. Here’s the weather radar image from the Brownsville, Texas NWS office.
Ingrid will continue to move inland over Mexico now, and is expected to weaken as it moves over mountainous terrain during the next couple of days. Some of the mountains in the Sierra Madre Oriental range are over 10,000 feet high…and spans 600+ miles. Heavy rains in the mountains are likely to cause flash floods and mudslides.
Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
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