Jun 01, 2020

Tropical Storm Amanda Brings Flood Risk

Tropical Storm Amanda formed in the Pacific Ocean over the weekend but could now reform in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The National Hurricane Center is tracking Tropical Storm Amanda, which formed in the Pacific Ocean over the weekend.

The storm could now reform in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Sunday morning, prior to landfall, the NHC recognized Tropical Storm Amanda as having maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. The NHC is monitoring the remnants of Tropical Storm Amanda as it moves into the Bay of Campeche. According to the NHC, there is currently an 80% chance of development over the next two days.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, June 1st, the NHC has given the system located inland near the border of Guatemala and Mexican Yucatan an 80% chance of formation into at least a tropical depression in the next two to five days, reported the Orlando Sentinel.

“This large disturbance is forecast to move slowly northward this morning, followed by a northwestward motion later today, and the center of the low pressure system could emerge over the southeastern Bay of Campeche by this evening,” said forecasters.

Once it is in the Gulf, the system is not expected to move much through the middle of the week. Heavy rainfall will likely continue over portions of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, and western Honduras through Wednesday, according to forecasters. 

Tropical Storm Amanda is forecast to be a 1 on the AccuWeather RealImpact Scale for Hurricanes due to the risks posed by very heavy rainfall, reported AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Randy Adkins.

"There is some potential for a system to develop during the first or second week of June on the Caribbean and southern Gulf of Mexico side of Central America and the northern and eastern side of the gyre," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

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