Tropical Storm Olga – now a Depression heading to Michigan

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A tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico became Tropical Storm Olga. It then became a low pressure center that moved through Lower Michigan, producing over an inch of rain.

Path that Olga took Friday to Sunday AM
Michigan overpowering Notre Dame Sat. evening

Here’s rainfall from noon to midnight on Saturday: Grand Rapids 1.11″ (daily record), Lansing 1.52″ (daily record) Kalamazoo 1.15″, Battle Creek 1.33″, Holland 1.20″, Muskegon 1.38″, Jackson 1.33″ and Ann Arbor 1.14″. Much of that rain fell during the football games. No lightning, so they kept playing through the rain.

Flood Watch SE Louisiana and much of Mississippi

A Flood Watch was issued for SE Louisiana and much of Mississippi for 2-4″ of rain and locally up to 6″. There were actually a couple of reports of over 6″ of rain. Tropical storm force winds (40-74 mph) and a storm surge of 1-4 occurred east of where the center of the storm comes onshore. with gusts to 40 mph all the way north to the Ohio River. There were a couple of tornadoes that did some damage near Mobile AL. Here’s Southern U.S. radar:

Southern Mississippi Valley sector loop

You can go to: Most Recent Radar Image Satellite image below:

Band 13 - 10.3 µm - Clean Longwave Window - IR - 25 Oct 2019 - 0106 UTC

Olga is the 15th named storm of the 2019 hurricane season in the Atlantic/Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico. So far, we’ve had 15 named storms, 5 of which have become hurricanes. Three of the hurricanes became major hurricanes. The strongest storm was Dorian, which devastated the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. Storms this year have resulted in 107 fatalities and damage estimates of 11.5 billion dollars.

We also now have minimal tropical storm Pablo in the NE Atlantic.

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