The Tropics are Very Active in mid-September

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LANSING, MI (WILX) - The tropics are heating up. As of Sept. 18, there are three named storms in the Atlantic, and three named storms in the Pacific. All seen on visible satellite imagery as a bit of a "tropical traffic jam."

Hurricane Humberto is a major hurricane at category 3 status. It's set to move northeast into the open waters of the Atlantic, weakening by the weekend. Bermuda may see some big impacts from this storm.

Tropical Storm Jerry is forecast to move northwest towards the Bahamas, strengthening to a Category 1 hurricane, then turning north and weakening. It's still unknown if this storm will impact the U.S.

Tropical Depression Imelda is over Texas. This storm was once a tropical storm, but has weakened. Flooding is a concern in southeast Texas with this storm as areas there could see over a foot of rain.

In a recent episode of Science Says,
we talked about the update from NOAA indicating that the chances for an above normal season in the Atlantic are higher than previously anticipated. You can listen to that podcast here.

We'll continue to monitor the tropics closely and let you know if anything else changes.

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