Allison Over Florida and Georgia

June 13, 2001


Provided by: NASA/GSFC Landsat Program
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster

Tropical Storm Allison, the first named storm of the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season, after drenching parts of eastern Texas and Louisiana was centered over northeastern Florida and southern Georgia, as of mid morning yesterday. The above image is from the Doppler Radar in Jacksonville, Florida and shows the radar-based total rainfall from the remnants of Allison, which is still a juicy storm. From the scale at the left of the image, up to 15 inches of rain have soaked areas near the Florida-Georgia border. The good news is that the heavy rains have ended the wildfire threat in this area.

Over the weekend, at least 18 people lost their lives in floods resulting from rains produced by Tropical Storm Allison in Texas and Louisiana, and the estimated storm damage is near 1 billion dollars. Since June 1, over 2 feet of rain has fallen in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and in eastern Houston, an astonishing 3 feet of rain has fallen in the last week - almost all of it from what was then Tropical Storm Allison!

According to the National Hurrican Center, while it's unlikely that Allison will be upgraded to a tropical storm again, wind gusts of over 50 mph are likely in heavier rain squalls, and heavy rains can be expected to occur over parts of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia.

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