A large tropical storm that will bring rain to parts of the United States could develop into a hurricane.
Two named weather systems, Tropical Storm Earl and Hurricane Danielle, greeted September with inches of rain and the threat of flash flooding.
Earle appears to be the strongest storm as it moves north of Puerto Rico.
“Earl is moving north-northwest at nearly 5 mph,” the NHC reported.
“A northerly turn is expected later today as forward speed is expected to be slightly higher and this movement will continue over the next few days.”
The tropical storm is expected to bring an additional one to four inches of rain to Puerto Rico, the United States and the British Virgin Islands.
That would bring the isolated storm’s total rainfall to eight inches.
Heavy rains could also lead to limited flash flooding and possible landslides in some areas.
A WESH meteorologist analyzed Earl and said he was “looking better and better”.
“As expected, he started to get stronger,” Eric Burris said.
“It seems very close to hurricane strength.”
NOAA hurricane hunters forecast Earl to become a hurricane by Wednesday afternoon, “long-range forecasts suggest the storm could reach high hurricane intensity on Saturday morning,” UKTN Weather reported.
However, experts said most areas affected by the hurricane are expected to be fine, as Earl will mostly remain east of the US coast.
It was the first hurricane of the season as it crossed the Atlantic on Friday.
The Category 1 storm has gusts of 85 km/h throughout the weekend and is moving further northeast.
Augustus is only the third unnamed storm in 60 years.
PhD. “The prolonged lull was very surprising given the strong La Niña in the tropical Pacific and above-normal tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures,” the Colorado State University meteorologist said. , Klotzbach.
Dry air from the Sahara would persist in the western Atlantic, preventing the formation of storms.
PhD. From 1966 to Aug. 20, there were only five seasons with low overall storm activity, said Mississippi State University expert King Wood.
However, she cautioned that the unusually calm start to the season doesn’t mean the storm won’t come later.
“The Atlantic was surprisingly calm,” said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy.
When winds reach 39 mph, the Atlantic Basin Low is officially defined as a tropical storm and its name.
They are classified as hurricanes when sustained winds exceed 74 mph.
In early June, Tropical Storm Alex killed four people in Cuba, then brought 11 inches of rain to Miami.
In early July, Hurricane Bonnie (winds of 185 km/h) killed at least two people in Mexico and caused flooding in Nicaragua.
Tropical Storm Colin caused travel chaos on July 4, delaying or canceling thousands of flights across the United States.
Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, typically peaking in mid-September.
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