August typically marks an uptick in tropical activity across the Atlantic basin

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The month of August typically marks an uptick in tropical activity across the northern Atlantic Ocean. 

Records are kept by the National Hurricane Center, dating back to 1851. In that time, August typically sees three times the amount of storms than in July, and almost double the combined total of June and July.

The most recent hurricane to make landfall in the United States during the month of August is Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall near Rockport, Texas, in 2017. 107 deaths were blamed on the category 4 storm.

Harvey produced widespread rainfall totals of 40-50 inches across metropolitan Houston. NOAA estimates 20-30 percent of Harris County, Texas was submerged as a result of the storm.

Other notable storms to make landfall on the United States shoreline in August include Hurricanes Camille (1969), Andrew (1992), Charley (2004), and Katrina (2005),

As of Wednesday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center was monitoring two storms in the Atlantic Ocean for tropical development.

The first, north of Hispaniola, poses a low risk of developing, only 10 percent over the next 5 days. That storm will accelerate to the northeast in the coming days and will only produce rain over the Bahamas.

The second, a tropical wave, is several hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles. The National Hurricane Center is putting odds at 60 percent for development over the next 5 days as it moves westward toward the Lesser Antilles. 

The next storm to develop will garner the name Chantal, the third name of the 2019 season.

The first two names were Andrea and Barry. Andrea was a subtropical storm early in 2019. Barry was a hurricane that made landfall on the Louisiana coast in early July.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30.


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