A month closer to peak of hurricane season

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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 3:39pm

Typically, July is a quiet month during the Atlantic Hurricane season. According to the National Hurricane Center, the season does not peak until mid-August and will stay active through late-October.

Over the last 100 years, climate data shows that when tropical systems form in July, they tend to develop around the Leeward Islands, in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, and travel, either, into the Gulf of Mexico or through the Bahamas along the East Coast of the United States.

The NHC says, "These figures only depict average conditions. Hurricanes can originate in different locations and travel much different paths from the average. Nonetheless, having a sense of the general pattern can give you a better picture of the average hurricane season for your area."

The most recent, July tropical cyclone to affect south Lousiana was Hurricane Danny in 1997. It brought 95 mph winds and torential rain to south Louisiana in mid-July. Danny caused nine fatalities, $143 million (2013 USD) in damage, and a storm surge of 5.4 feet at Grand Isle, La. Nearly 100 businesses and 200 homes were damaged in Plaquemine and Jefferson parishes.


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