SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Hurricane Season 2019 starts on Saturday, June 1. Here’s a look back at recent storms that affected us: Tropical Storms Alberto & Gordon of 2018 as well as Hurricane Nate of 2017.
Also, even though historic Major Hurricane Michael of 2018 didn’t impact us at all, it sure was a close call for such a strong storm.
- Formed - May 25, 2018
- Dissipated - June 1, 2018
Tropical Storm Alberto was what many remember as South Mississippi’s Memorial Day “fake-out” storm of 2018. It was too close for comfort when it made its Florida Panhandle landfall. Alberto’s biggest impact to us was our loss of tourism on the holiday weekend as well as a few downpours around the Wednesday after.
- Formed September 3, 2018
- Dissipated September 8, 2018
Tropical Storm Gordon actually did make a landfall in our area, on the MS/AL line. It was a windy and wet night for areas near Pascagoula and Lucedale with power outages and downed trees reported. However, the storm brought only minimal impacts to the rest of our area.
- Formed October 4, 2017
- Dissipated October 11, 2017
Hurricane Nate from 2017 made a Biloxi landfall in early October, causing an abrupt ending to Cruisin’ the Coast. It was the first, and strongest, hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Katrina of 2005. You can click here to read a detailed summary of the county-by-county impacts that occurred from Nate.
- Formed October 7, 2018
- Dissipated October 16, 2018
Hurricane Michael did not actually cause any bad weather impacts to coastal Mississippi as it made its historical Florida Panhandle landfall. This storm was just worth mentioning in this list because of its historic nature and how it was just a few states away from us. If it had made a landfall just a few hundred miles west of that, coastal Mississippi, or whatever would have been left of it, would be a much different place today. Fortunately, we were spared.
Just goes to show that tropical storms and hurricanes have hit coastal Mississippi or have hit fairly close to coastal Mississippi over the last two years. And it could happen again this year too.
Tune in to Prepare South Mississippi coverage this Friday at 6:30 PM on WLOX-CBS and Saturday at 5:00 PM on WLOX-ABC with the WLOX Weather Team.