Tropical Storm Earl joins Danielle as season picks up


After nearly two months of tropical lull, steam picked up Friday with the formation of the season’s first hurricane, followed by another tropical storm.

As of the National Hurricane Center’s advice at 5 a.m., Hurricane Danielle had lost some strength to return to Tropical Storm Danielle, and it continued to plod about 70 mph west of the Azores in the mid-Atlantic while Tropical Storm Earl that formed late Friday is located about 115 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands.

Neither system is a threat to Florida.

Tropical Storm Earl is closest and moving west, but expects to move north in the next few days. It has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph in the west-northwest at 13 mph. Tropical storm-force winds extend for 175 miles.

“From Sunday through Monday, a turn to the northwest is expected with an additional decrease in forward speed,” said NHC hurricane specialist Jack Beven. “On the forecast track, Earl’s center is expected to pass near or north of the northern Leeward Islands today, and north of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and Sunday.”

Tropical Storm Danielle has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph that fall from hurricane status overnight. The tropical storm winds extend for 125 miles.

“Little change in strength is expected today. Some slight strengthening is expected tonight through Monday, and Danielle could regain hurricane strength on Sunday,” Beven said.

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.

Danielle and Earl’s formation is catching up from the first three systems mentioned earlier in what was expected to be an above-average tropical season. Tropical Storm Colin last extinguished on July 3.

According to NOAA, the fourth storm of the year usually occurs before or before August 15. The season runs from June to November. 30.

The NOAA is still forecasting an above-average year with 14 to 21 named storms as of a forecast in early August. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the traditional peak of hurricane season from mid-August to mid-October.

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.

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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