June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season as thunderstorms span across the East and bring flood risk to the south-central US, while the West braces for days of a heatwave and triple-digit temperatures.
Tuesday, June 1 marks the official start of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season which runs through November 30.
The first named subtropical storm of the year, Anna, formed on May 22 east of Bermuda kicking off the season early, according to AccuWeather.
Forecasters have predicted another above-average season with 19 named storms, including 8 hurricanes, and 4 of those expected to be major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher (115-plus-mph winds).
Rain and thunderstorms will occur over the eastern half of the US for at least the next three days, according to the forecast by the National Weather Service (NWS). Storms will stretch from eastern Arizona all the way to the Atlantic.
On Tuesday, the NWS issued a flood watch for eastern Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas and southwestern Missouri, which is also under a flood advisory. There is a flood risk from heavy rain extending from southern Louisiana throughout the state into much of Arkansas and southern Missouri.
This week, through June 6, Florida residents can get disaster preparedness supplies tax-free. The 2021 Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives residents the opportunity to stock up hurricane on supplies tax-free. Check with the Florida Revenue department for the full list of tax-free disaster preparedness items.
For more information about hurricane preparedness, visit the hurricane preparedness page of the National Hurricane Center.
A heat wave is poised to bring scorching temperatures throughout the West for several days with near or above triple-digit readings. At least 6 states were under heat advisories on Tuesday including Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona.
On Monday, Redding, California reached 109, breaking the heat record for May. The heat is expected to continue throughout the week in the West.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued the following heat-related alerts for Tuesday.
Excessive heat warning: north-central, south-central, southeastern, and southern California; southern Nevada; northwestern Arizona.
Heat advisory: eastern and southeastern Washington; northern Idaho; northeast and southwestern Oregon; northern and the northwest coast of California.
Excessive heat watch: south-central California; southwestern Idaho; eastern Oregon.
On Tuesday, Medford, Oregon was forecast to reach 104, even higher than Palm Springs, California at 101. The highest temperatures were forecast for Bakersfield (107) and Redding (106) compared to Las Vegas (105) and Phoenix (104). Other hotspots include St. George (101), Tucson (99), Sacramento (97), Yakima (97), and Portland (96), ABC reported.