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July tropical storm formation points

Southeast U.S. coast, Gulf of Mexico preferred formation points in July

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Historical data from the National Hurricane Center show that 116 tropical storms have formed in July from 1851 through 2013.

During the satellite era, which started in 1966, we have seen an average of one named storm form somewhere in the Atlantic Basin during July. On average, we have one hurricane about every other year during this month.

Our one and only tropical cyclone so far in 2014, Hurricane Arthur, formed off the Florida east coast on July 1st. The graphic shows preferred areas for tropical storm formation in the month of July to be off the southeast U.S. coast and over the Gulf of Mexico.  More isolated developments have occurred over the Caribbean and elsewhere over the Atlantic.

Computer models are currently not showing any potential tropical cyclone threats to South Florida.  That makes this a good time to make sure your hurricane plan is up-to-date knowing that the peak of the hurricane season is yet to come.