And at least one boat overturned in the storm. On Monday evening, a ship carrying 22 people from Cuba capsized about 26 miles southeast of Key West, the Coast Guard said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that 13 people had been rescued, nine of whom are still being carried. missing.
“These businesses are dangerous and can often claim lives, especially during tropical storms,” said Cmdr. Jacob McMillan of the Coast Guard. “The seas are unpredictable and merciless. “
Elsa is the fifth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. The first, Ana, formed on May 23, making this the seventh year in a row that a named storm has developed in the Atlantic. before the official start of the season on June 1.
The links between hurricanes and climate change are becoming increasingly evident. A warming planet can expect to experience stronger hurricanes over time and a higher incidence of the more powerful storms – although the total number of storms may decline, as factors like stronger wind shear could prevent the formation of weaker storms.
Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict that there will be 13 to 20 named storms this year, of which six to 10 will be hurricanes and three to five major Category 3 or more hurricanes in the Atlantic. Last year there were 30 named storms, including six major hurricanes, forcing meteorologists to exhaust the alphabet for the second time and use the Greek letters.
It was the highest number of storms on record, surpassing 28 storms in 2005, and included the second highest number of hurricanes on record.
The report was provided by Ed Augustin, Johnny Diaz, Derrick Bryson Taylor, Daniel Victor, Chris Stanford, Eduardo Medina, Isabella Grullón Paz, Alyssa Lukpat, Jesus jiménez, Mike Ives, and Today Paybarah.