Tuesday, September 27, 2022
HomeGeorgia & USAHurricane Fiona becomes Category 4 as Tropical Storm Gaston strengthens.

Hurricane Fiona becomes Category 4 as Tropical Storm Gaston strengthens.

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is heating up.

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring the two named storms as they spin in the Atlantic, along with three other areas of interest.

After hitting Turks and Caicos, Hurricane Fiona, the first major hurricane of the season, on Wednesday morning became a Category 4 storm, while Tropical Storm Gaston, the second named storm, strengthened.

Forecasters are also closely monitoring this the tropical wave is moving west toward the Caribbean Sea along with two other violations.

Here’s what you need to know.

Hurricane Fiona

As of 5 a.m. Wednesday, Fiona was about 170 miles north-northwest of Grand Turk Island with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, making it a Category 4 hurricane. It was moving north at 8 mph with hurricane-force winds extending up to 45 miles from the center of the storm.

The forecast shows the storm moving away from the Turks and Caicos on Wednesday and turning to the north-northeast and approaching Bermuda late Thursday.

Forecasters say the storm’s intensity could fluctuate Wednesday night and Thursday, and tropical storm conditions could reach Bermuda late Thursday.

(WFLA)

The storm is expected to drop 1 to 4 inches of rain in parts of the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos Islands, the Southeast Bahamas and Bermuda.

It is not expected to threaten the continental US, but waves from the storm will continue to spread towards the Bahamas and the US East Coast and will likely reach Bermuda on Thursday. Waves could cause life-threatening surf and disrupt current conditions in Bermuda, according to the NHC.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bermuda.

Tropical Storm Gaston

At 5 a.m., Tropical Storm Gaston was about 850 miles west of the Azores with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It was moving northeast at 16 mph with tropical storm force winds up to 70 miles from the center of the storm.

Gaston is forecast to turn northeast on Wednesday and east on Thursday. It may strengthen on Wednesday, but is forecast to weaken later and not become a hurricane.

Storm surges could hit the Azores later this week and cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, the NHC said.

Tropical wave in the Atlantic

The NHC says a tropical wave in the western tropical Atlantic has a 70% chance of becoming a tropical depression sometime in the next two days.

The disturbance is currently several hundred miles east of the Windward Islands and continues to show signs of organization, the center said.

The system is expected to move toward the Caribbean later this week, and some forecast models show it reaching the Gulf of Mexico.

WFLA meteorologist Rebecca Barry predicts a system in the Gulf by the middle of next week, but said it was too early to say where it would make landfall.

Other areas to watch

The hurricane center is also tracking a tropical wave several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. There is a 20% chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm over the next five days.

There is another tropical wave that should move off the west coast of Africa. It has a 50% chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm over the next five days.

Reported by Source link

RELATED ARTICLES
- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Hurricane Fiona becomes Category 4 as Tropical Storm Gaston strengthens.

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is heating up.

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring the two named storms as they spin in the Atlantic, along with three other areas of interest.

After hitting Turks and Caicos, Hurricane Fiona, the first major hurricane of the season, on Wednesday morning became a Category 4 storm, while Tropical Storm Gaston, the second named storm, strengthened.

Forecasters are also closely monitoring this the tropical wave is moving west toward the Caribbean Sea along with two other violations.

Here’s what you need to know.

Hurricane Fiona

As of 5 a.m. Wednesday, Fiona was about 170 miles north-northwest of Grand Turk Island with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, making it a Category 4 hurricane. It was moving north at 8 mph with hurricane-force winds extending up to 45 miles from the center of the storm.

The forecast shows the storm moving away from the Turks and Caicos on Wednesday and turning to the north-northeast and approaching Bermuda late Thursday.

Forecasters say the storm’s intensity could fluctuate Wednesday night and Thursday, and tropical storm conditions could reach Bermuda late Thursday.

(WFLA)

The storm is expected to drop 1 to 4 inches of rain in parts of the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos Islands, the Southeast Bahamas and Bermuda.

It is not expected to threaten the continental US, but waves from the storm will continue to spread towards the Bahamas and the US East Coast and will likely reach Bermuda on Thursday. Waves could cause life-threatening surf and disrupt current conditions in Bermuda, according to the NHC.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bermuda.

Tropical Storm Gaston

At 5 a.m., Tropical Storm Gaston was about 850 miles west of the Azores with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It was moving northeast at 16 mph with tropical storm force winds up to 70 miles from the center of the storm.

Gaston is forecast to turn northeast on Wednesday and east on Thursday. It may strengthen on Wednesday, but is forecast to weaken later and not become a hurricane.

Storm surges could hit the Azores later this week and cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, the NHC said.

Tropical wave in the Atlantic

The NHC says a tropical wave in the western tropical Atlantic has a 70% chance of becoming a tropical depression sometime in the next two days.

The disturbance is currently several hundred miles east of the Windward Islands and continues to show signs of organization, the center said.

The system is expected to move toward the Caribbean later this week, and some forecast models show it reaching the Gulf of Mexico.

WFLA meteorologist Rebecca Barry predicts a system in the Gulf by the middle of next week, but said it was too early to say where it would make landfall.

Other areas to watch

The hurricane center is also tracking a tropical wave several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. There is a 20% chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm over the next five days.

There is another tropical wave that should move off the west coast of Africa. It has a 50% chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm over the next five days.

Reported by Source link

RELATED ARTICLES
- Advertisment -

Most Popular