According to The Weather Channel, the 2014 Hurricane Season currently has its 2nd storm in the Atlantic Basin. What Weather Underground called Invest 92L until earlier today has now coalesced into an actual system located 1,200 nautical miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Technically, the National Hurricane Season hasn’t switched its designation of the storm, but that should happen shortly (unless the system collapses in the next 24 hours).

In the 4th image we’ve provided, the rest of the Atlantic Ocean is relatively calm, though more active than it was earlier in July.

Over in the Pacific Ocean, Typhoon Matmo continues to ravage the Philippines and hasn’t been much deterred from its course towards Taiwan and mainland China.

Stay tuned for more developments as they occur.

Per today’s update from The Weather Channel, things are calming down in the Pacific, while nothing happens in the Atlantic.

  • Neoguri has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but people in Japan can still anticipate heavy rain and high winds until the storm dissipates completely.
  • Fausto lost coherence yesterday, but never threatened land anyway.
  • The Atlantic is remarkably calm and bereft of clouds. The article states, “Tropical development is unlikely in the next several days, at least. It is simply too windy and too dry aloft.”

As usual, if anything happens, we’ll be sure to let you know!

Hurricane Arthur has dissipated in the northeastern US after spoiling the holiday weekend for many folks, but there’s plenty of activity in the Pacific Ocean. Specifically, Super Typhoon Neoguri is currently battering southern Japan, with a projected course that barrels across the whole of the country.

We’ll keep you updated if things change with this storm (for better or worse).

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After being upgraded from Tropical Storm to Category 1 Hurricane earlier this morning, Arthur is scheduled to make landfall in North Carolina later tonight (or early on the morning of Friday, July 4th). Some are projecting that the storm will officially reach Category 2 status before landfall is made.

The entire Outer Banks area will be affected by this storm, though the path of Arthur will ensure that rain and winds will affect the entire Eastern Seaboard of the United States over the course of the 4th of July Weekend.

We hope that everyone stays safe throughout the holiday weekend. Please stay informed about further Arthur details at Weather Channel Hurricane Central.

nbcnews:

Tropical Storm Arthur: Hurricane Watch Issued for North Carolina 
(Photo: NOAA via AP)
A hurricane watch was issued Wednesday for part of North Carolina as the first named tropical storm of the season gathered strength and threatened July Fourth celebrations along the East Coast.
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And it appears that a hurricane watch has been called for Florida and the Carolinas as Tropical Storm Arthur gains strength. He’s technically still not a hurricane, but he’s expected to cross that threshold early tomorrow morning.

nbcnews:

Tropical Storm Arthur: Hurricane Watch Issued for North Carolina

(Photo: NOAA via AP)

A hurricane watch was issued Wednesday for part of North Carolina as the first named tropical storm of the season gathered strength and threatened July Fourth celebrations along the East Coast.

Continue reading

And it appears that a hurricane watch has been called for Florida and the Carolinas as Tropical Storm Arthur gains strength. He’s technically still not a hurricane, but he’s expected to cross that threshold early tomorrow morning.

(Source: NBCNews.com)

Well, it seems that the first storm in the Atlantic Ocean Basin of the 2014 Hurricane Season is upon us. Tropical Storm Arthur is making its way up the Florida coastline, schedule to turn into a Category 1 hurricane at some point on Thursday, according to Weather.com. Both Florida and the Carolinas have watches and warnings currently slated for the next few days, and we’ll update you later this week as the storm develops further.

Local Hurricane Expert Educates Houston Energy Company Employees on Storm Risks

On Thursday, June 19th, 2014, Direct Energy held its annual “Safety and Hurricane Preparedness” meeting in its Houston office, complete with guest speaker KPRC hurricane expert Bill Read. As with other company safety policies, storm protocols have proven valuable in the past when a crisis strikes, even when those crises are few and far between. Every employee should know exactly what their company’s hurricane protocol is and be ready to act on it. “It’s been five years since the last hurricane [in Houston]. It’s easy for people to forget what can happen in a hurricane,” said Direct Energy President and CEO Badar Khan. “This is real, and you need to be prepared.”  

Khan and Read both stressed the importance of self-service in the event of a hurricane.  “Don’t let uncertainty lead to inaction,” said Read. He explained the realization that, throughout his years as a meteorologist tracking the big storms, most people who get hurt are uneducated about the actual risk of the storm heading their way. He recommended keeping up-to-date with the storms by watching local weather instead of national to get the most accurate updates for your area.

In Read’s estimation, the more you know about the dangers associated with a specific storm, the better you can prepare, so his presentation included a simple preparation list:

  • People: Create a hurricane kit with plenty of water, food, medications, and dry clothes for you and your family members. Remember to call the other friends or family you need to get in touch with well in advance to let them know where you’ll go if the storm heads your way. That way, people won’t be panicked looking for you after you have left your home.
  • Pets: Prepare a bin with all the pet essentials like food, bowls, and pet medications for you to grab and take with you.
  • Papers: Buy a waterproof briefcase and keep all of you important documents in there during a storm. This includes passports, birth certificates, titles, social security cards, and the like.
  • Property: Prepare your property by putting shutters on your house and placing all flower pots and unplanted items inside your garage. Also, placing your outdoor furniture in your pool will keep them from flying around during a hurricane.

Above all else, Read stressed the responsibility for individuals to have personal plans for when a hurricane forms. Instead of looking to others, commit to a plan for yourself and do exactly that.

Companies like Direct Energy work hard to create effective safety plans, and individuals must do so for themselves and their families as well in order to maximize preparation and reduce risk of harm. For more information on how to prepare for a hurricane, download Bounce Energy’s Hurricane Preparedness Guide

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Even though we haven’t seen a storm of any sort form in the Atlantic Ocean yet, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be knowledgeable about what occurs behind the predictions. Out of these 5 tips, I feel that Tip #3 is key knowledge - “Storm Surge is Really a Big Deal” - as dealing with the damage caused by the hurricane is usually the lasting memory we have of the storm.

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