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It's hurricane season and things are starting to heat up. Here's more info:

1. Central Tropical Atlantic:

A broad area of low pressure over the central tropical Atlantic

is producing a large area of disorganized cloudiness and showers.

Although environmental conditions are only marginally favorable,

some gradual development of this system is expected over the next

several days and a tropical depression is likely to form later this

week. The disturbance is forecast to move slowly toward the west

and then west-northwest at 5 to 10 mph, toward the adjacent waters

of the northern Leeward Islands. Additional information on this

system can be found in high seas forecasts issued by the National

Weather Service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

2. Central Subtropical Atlantic:

A small low pressure system located about 600 miles east of Bermuda

continues to produce limited shower activity. Strong upper-level

winds and dry air are expected to limit significant development of

this system while it drifts southward and southwestward over the

central Atlantic during the next couple of days, and likely

dissipate by the end of the week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.

3. Eastern Tropical Atlantic:

A tropical wave is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa

this evening or early Tuesday. Some gradual development of this

system is possible after that time while it moves generally

westward to west-northwestward across the far eastern tropical


* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.

4. Northwestern Caribbean Sea:

A trough of low pressure could develop over the northwestern

Caribbean Sea later this week. Environmental conditions could

support some slow development of the system thereafter while it

moves generally west-northwestward over the northwestern Caribbean

Sea and toward the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

Since Georgia is now in the peak of hurricane season, residents should look forward to preparing for the unexpected. September is National Preparedness Month, and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS), in partnership with local emergency management agencies, encourage all Georgians to prepare for natural and man-made disasters during this month. This year’s National Preparedness Month’s theme is “A Lasting Legacy.”

“Georgia always sees its share of unpredictable weather every year,” said GEMA/HS Director Chris Stallings. “That’s why National Preparedness Month is the ideal time for individuals, families, schools and businesses to plan and prepare for all types of emergencies. Having a plan in place for your family is just the start, but building a Ready kit, knowing your evacuation routes and having a plan for your pets puts everyone in a better position in case a disaster happens.”

During National Preparedness Month, all residents are encouraged to take steps toward ensuring the safety of themselves, their families, homes, businesses and communities. There will be a new theme each week, along with daily tips for each theme, to help guide residents on how to prepare themselves for any emergency. The Ready Georgia page offers tools to assist with creating emergency plans and designing emergency kits. Taking a small step each week will increase responsiveness when an emergency occurs. The weekly themes during this year’s National Preparedness Month are as follows:

Week 1: September 1-10 Make a Plan

Week 2: September 11-17 Build a Kit

Week 3: September 18-24 Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

Week 4: September 25-30 Teach Youth About Preparedness

For tips and tools to get your family and community ready for a disaster, visit Additional preparedness information is also available from your local EMA Director.

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