Hurricane Earl predicted to be a major storm

Hurricane Earl is moving slowly but is expected to strengthen during the week and may become the first major hurricane of this year.

In Wednesday’s update at 8 a.m., the NHC said maximum sustained winds for Hurricane Earl have increased to about 85 miles per hour and it is expected to become a major hurricane by the end of this week, with winds stronger than 120 mph. – a major storm is classified as a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds stronger than 110 mph. Earlier, Earl strengthened into a hurricane Tuesday night.

Right now, Earl has hurricane winds that can reach 40 miles from the center, and tropical gale winds that reach 200 miles from the center. The storm is located about 485 miles south of Bermuda, moving north at about 6 mph, and is on its way to head southeastern Bermuda Friday morning. The Bermuda Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the island.

Forecast models ask Earl to bend away from the US to the Northeast Atlantic. The storm is not expected to pose a threat to Florida.

The NHC is also still monitoring three other targets in the tropics – which currently pose no threat to the U.S.

After briefly losing hurricane status, Danielle became a hurricane again Saturday night and has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. It is 690 miles from the Azores and moves west to northwest at 14 mph. Danielle has a range of 35 miles from downtown with hurricane-force winds and tropical storm winds reaching up to 275 miles. Danielle is expected to weaken his power on Thursday.

Danielle became the season’s first hurricane on Friday, more than three weeks behind the August 11 statistical average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It is the last hurricane in the Atlantic season since 2013 when Hurricane Humberto formed on September 11.

In addition, the NHC keeps its eyes on a low pressure area several hundred miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, and gradual development is possible as this system generally moves west-northwestward in the Atlantic Ocean at a speed of 15 to 20 mph. A tropical depression could form in the coming days as the Atlantic environment remains ideal for storm development. Although, later this week, the wind at the highest level is expected to become less favorable.

On Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center had given it a 60% chance of developing over the next two to five days.

Finally, a tropical wave over West Africa is expected to emerge over the next two days. Conditions in the Atlantic appear ripe for a storm, which has a 30% chance of doing so in the next five days.

The Atlantic basin is teeming with tropical activity, but for much of the season it has remained quiet in contrast to the average season, according to NOAA records, which show that the seventh storm of the year usually hits before or on Sept. third hurricane of the year is noticed by or before September 7.

In August, NOAA reiterated its preseason forecast for an above-average hurricane season, calling for 14 to 21 named tropical storms. An average season will experience 14. Most of this activity is expected to take place between mid-August and mid-October.

The hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

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