August has been a busy month for the Atlantic this year as it has been plagued with many tropical storms and tropical depressions. Though the Atlantic has been clear of any looming threats of a hurricane, the 2012 hurricane season is still young and— as we all know—the very nature of storms is unpredictable.
Unfortunately, another tropical storm is breathing down the Atlantic’s neck this weekend. Tropical Storm Helene appeared on the radar last Friday. The good news is that there is no reason for panic yet but, with all storms, be careful and stay informed on the storm’s movements!
Here is some updated information on Tropical Storm Helene: it began as a residual tropical cyclone circulation (which are usually small in size but are always wildly unpredictable and oftentimes grow in size and quickly become a real threat) and made landfall in Mexico.
Helene’s threat seems to be short-lived and at its highest point had maximum sustained winds of 35 to 40 mph. After making landfall in Mexico, Helene has decidedly weakened. Currently, the storm is roughly 65 miles west-northwest of Tampico – about 200 miles south of the border – and is expected to dissipate within the next two days.
Experts predict that Helene will leave some flooding in her wake. Those near the Gulf should prepare for flooding and heavy rainfall. Be sure to take precautions as storms are always unpredictable and still very dangerous even though they may be described as “weakened.” Even though forecasters believe that Helene has weakened permanently and should dissipate soon, the tropical storm could always regenerate into a real threat.
We encourage you to keep yourself informed on any changes in the weather! Being prepared is one of the most effective ways to keep your family and home safe from a tropical storm like Helene. Click here for a FREE estimate on home hurricane protection. Don’t let another storm like Helene take you by surprise!