Tropical Rainstorm Olga moves inland over southern US; Pablo to brush Azores
Tropical moisture will fuel rain and isolated thunderstorms across the eastern United States through the weekend.
A late-season tropical storm sprang to life on Friday over the Gulf of Mexico and was given the name Olga, the 17th-named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. And far out over the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Pablo formed late Friday afternoon.
Olga was a short-lived tropical storm as the system weakened to a tropical rainstorm off the coast of Louisiana on Friday night. Despite weakening, Olga drenched the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley and lower Great Lakes on Saturday as it moved northward.
The enhanced downpours led to numerous flooding incidents through Saturday evening, even in areas experiencing drought.
The last time a storm formed over the Gulf of Mexico this late in the season was when Juan took shape in 1985, according to Philip Klotzbach, a Colorado State University meteorologist.
This infrared image shows the center of what once was Tropical Storm Olga on Sunday morning, Oct. 27, 2019. (NOAA/GOES-East)
The center of the system moved ashore along the Louisiana coast, west of New Orleans, early Saturday morning. The storm has quickly tracked northward, making it into the Great Lakes by early Sunday morning.
Americans caught in the storm's path have seen copious amounts of rain and gusty thunderstorms northward from the central Gulf coast and the lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys. Isolated tornadoes were also reported near Mobile, Alabama.
The AccuWeather RealImpact™ Scale for Hurricanes is less-than-one for this storm and is based on the amount of rain to fall over the South Central states with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 8 inches.
Meanwhile, a second tropical storm took shape on Friday afternoon.
Satellite Infrared imagery showing Tropical Storm Pablo churning over the Atlantic Ocean. (Eumetsat)
A rapidly strengthening disturbance became Tropical Storm Pablo on Friday afternoon in the Atlantic Ocean near the Azores. On Sunday morning Pablo strengthened into a hurricane.
Pablo has since weakened back to a tropical storm since reaching hurricane status, with top sustained winds of 70 mph as of 11:00 p.m. EDT.
Pablo poses no threat to the United States or Atlantic Canada, but it has brought some rain and gusty winds to the Azores.
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