Tropical Storm Earl and Hurricane Danielle form on same day


After a quiet start to the hurricane season, Hurricane Danielle and Tropical Storm Earl both formed Friday, but neither system poses a threat to Florida.

As of the National Hurricane Center’s advice at 5 a.m. Saturday, Hurricane Danielle had lost some strength to return to Tropical Storm Danielle. The system, which became the season’s first hurricane Friday morning, is located about 70 mph west of the Azores in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm Earl, which formed late Friday, lies about 115 miles east of the eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea. It heads west, but is expected to turn north in the coming days. As of 5 a.m. Saturday, it was moving west-northwest at a speed of 13 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Tropical storm-force winds extend for 175 miles.

Parts of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico can expect heavy rainfall in the coming days regardless of system development.

Tropical Storm Danielle has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph that fall from hurricane status overnight. The tropical storm winds extend for 125 miles. As of 5 a.m. Saturday, Danielle was about 850 miles west of the Azores, as it is stationary.

Deep in the mid-Atlantic, Danielle currently poses no threat to the country and is likely to swing across the Atlantic in the coming days.

Danielle and Earl are the first storms mentioned in the Atlantic Ocean since early July, when Tropical Storm Colin formed off the coast of the Carolinas. This comes after a calm August with no named storms, something that has only happened for the third time since 1961.

The 2020 hurricane season set a record with 30 named systems, while the 2021 season was the third most active season with 21 named systems. An average year calls for 14 named storms.

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The next named storm to form is Fiona.

There have been three other named storms so far this season — Alex, Bonnie, and Colin — and the last, Colin, dissipated on July 3, meaning this 60-day streak is the second longest in history. the Atlantic hurricane season has been without a named storm since 1995.

Only Alex made his presence known in South Florida by dumping as much as a foot of rain in some areas.

“It seems that September could really be the start of an active period in the tropics. A steady wave of energy rolling from Africa into the tropical Atlantic is expected to keep things active across the Atlantic basin for a while,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Brandon Buckingham.

The most active part of the hurricane season is from mid-August to the end of October, with September 10 being the statistical peak of the season.

Forecasters say dry air, Saharan dust and wind shear are among the reasons why there have been no more storms this year.

The hurricane season ends on November 30.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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