The temporary hiatus of the hurricane season in the Atlantic is no longer, with Tropical Storm Gonzalo and Tropical Depression 8 both occurring in the ocean.
Gonzalo, which became a storm named Wednesday, is currently located about 1,305 km east of the southern Windward Islands, while packing maximum sustained winds of 95 km / h, with stronger gusts, said the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
It is currently moving west at nearly 20 km / h. Reinforcement is expected over the next few days or two, and there is still a chance that Gonzalo will become a hurricane. A hurricane watch is in effect for Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Tobago and Grenada.
“Gonzalo is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches (50-125 mm), with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches (180 mm) in Barbados and the Windward Islands from Friday evening to Sunday evening. Gonzalo is also expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches (25-50 mm) in Trinidad and Tobago. Rains in Barbados and the Windward Islands could lead to life-threatening flash floods, ”the NHC said in its latest update.
According to Phillip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at Colorado State University, it is now the 7th oldest storm on record in the Atlantic Basin. The previous record belonged to Gert, formed on July 24, 2005
TROPICAL DEPRESSION 8
Meanwhile, in the Gulf of Mexico is Tropical Depression 8 moving west-northwest at nearly 13 km / h. The center of the low is expected to traverse the northwestern Gulf of Mexico through Friday, with a landing planned along the Texas coast on Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are close to 55 km / h with stronger gusts. Slow strengthening is expected and the depression could turn into a tropical storm in a day or two. If the depression becomes a named storm, it will take the designation Hanna.
“The tropical depression is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches (75-125 mm) of rain with isolated maximum totals of 10 inches (250 mm) through Monday along the Gulf Coast of the United States of Louisiana south of Texas, and inland. the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and northern Tamaulipas. These rains can lead to life-threatening flash floods, rapid rises on small streams and isolated minor to moderate river floods, ”the NHC statement said.
FALL MAY BE MORE EXTREME THAN NORMAL
The hurricane season in the Atlantic in the fall could be more extreme than usual, German reinsurer Munich Re said on Thursday.
The forecast La Nina weather conditions may intensify tropical cyclones, the agency said in a natural disasters report.
In the first six months of 2020, natural disasters resulted in losses of $ 68 billion, less than the average for the past 30 years, according to Munich Re.
With files from Reuters.