Pat Shingleton: "Another Humberto..."
The eighth storm of the 2019 season will be named today. Tropical Storm Humberto could slide into Florida by Saturday. Another Tropical Storm Humberto scraped Freeport, Texas on this date in 2007. Landfall occurred at Galveston and Texas City. The storm maintained its northeast track with Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes feeling the effect of the storm with flooding rains and increased wind. This storm was the first storm since Rita to impact southwest Louisiana and Humberto is no comparison to what that storm did on September 24, 2005. Tropical Storms cause less wind damage but often create more flooding. On June 11, 2001, Tropical Storm Allison gave us 19.19 inches of rain over a three day period with more than 15 inches in Lafayette and 12.68 inches in New Orleans. It appears that the 2019 Humberto could follow the a similar Dorian track. Unfortunately, the Bahamas will experience additional rain. In closing, the coastlines of three states, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey are designated as the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Weatherwise magazine reported that Maryland and New Jersey have remained unaffected by hurricanes but both states have experienced glancing blows of numerous strong cyclonic storms. Maryland has recorded just one hit by a hurricane and New Jersey has recorded three hits, including a Category 4 at Cape May in September of 1821 and two Category 2 storms hitting Atlantic City in October of 1804 and September, 1903. Numerous hurricanes have grazed the borders of these Mid-Atlantic States with some severe results. Hurricane Isabel made landfall in North Carolina in September 2003 then skipped to Delaware causing beach and inland damage.