Weather

The season's eighth named storm of the season formed overnight in the far eastern Atlantic. Tropical Storm Humberto formed quickly from a strong tropical wave that moved off the west coast of Africa on Sunday. The storm is forecast to steadily strengthen through mid-week and possibly become the first hurricane of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season on Wednesday.

   


Almost halfway finished, Florida's 2013 hurricane season has been a breeze so far.

But Craig Fugate, the federal government's top emergency manager, says the state is just entering the thick of hurricane season in late August and September. Fugate, now the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was Florida's top emergency manager in 2004 and 2005, when seven hurricanes hit the state.

But despite those memories, Fugate is concerned that Floridians won't take steps such as heeding evacuation orders if a storm comes. He says they're in denial.

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It’s the peak of hurricane season. We’re joined by a director from the National Weather Service who’ll explain how new technology is helping  forecasters do a better job.  Also, Florida’s Public Radio stations now have their own meteorologist– meet Jeff Huffman from the University of Florida.   

Good news to report on the tropics today, especially as it relates to Florida. Tropical Storm Erin was downgraded to a depression Friday morning, and the disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, Invest 92L, is unlikely to impact the Sunshine State directly. It remains to be seen if Erin can survive the long haul across the cooler waters of the central Atlantic. However, the very warm water of the western Gulf of Mexico may still fuel tropical storm formation there over the weekend.

The season's fifth named storm formed this morning in the eastern Atlantic, but it no immediate threat to land. And good news for Florida in regards to the system expected to enter the Gulf by tomorrow.

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