Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas over the past few days killing at least seven people and meaning dozens are still being rescued from the severe flooding. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the core of the storm will move “dangerously close” to the Florida east coast and the Georgia coast through tonight, bringing with it tropical storm conditions, potentially life-threatening storm surges, flash floods and tornadoes. But Hurricane Dorian is not the only storm currently posing a threat – so what other destructive storms are active now?
Hurricane Dorian is the fourth named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season and is the second strongest hurricane on record.
The deadly storm was located roughly 80 miles east northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, according to the 2am EDT (7am BST) NOAA advisory.
Dorian was recorded with maximum sustained wind speeds of 110mph, making it a major Category 2 hurricane according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
The storm is not forecast to make landfall in the US, but accompanying hazards such as torrential rainfall, hurricane-force winds, storm surges, tornadoes and large swells, could thrash the US, endangering people’s lives.
Hurricane tracker: How many whirling storms are currently active?
The following warnings are active across the US as Dorian makes it way along the US southeastern coast:
- A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Sebastian Inlet, Florida, to Surf City, North Carolina
- A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for north of Surf City, North Carolina, to Poquoson, Virginia, including Hampton Roads, Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, and Neuse and Pamlico Rivers
- A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Sebastian Inlet, Florida, to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, north of Savannah River to Surf City, North Carolina.
- A Hurricane Watch is in effect for north of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, to Savannah River, north of Surf City, North Carolina, to the North Carolina/Virginia border, and Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
- A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Grand Bahama and the Abacos Islands in the northwestern Bahamas, north of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, to Savannah River, and Jupiter Inlet, Florida, to Sebastian Inlet, Florida.
- A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the North Carolina/Virginia border to Chincoteague, Virginia, and the Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point southward.
Hurricane tracker: A wind map showing the wind speeds for Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane tracker: Tropical cyclones located in the Atlantic
Hurricane Juliette is currently tracking across the Eastern Northern Pacific, moving away from Clarion Island.
As of 8pm PDT (4am BST), Juliette was located at latitude 19.0 north, longitude 116.2 west, approximately west southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.
Maximum sustained winds were recorded at 120mph, making Juliette a major Category 3 hurricane.
Hurricane tracker: A map showing the location of Hurricane Juliette
The advisory from the NOAA reads: “Juliette is still a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
“Slow weakening is forecast during the next several days.
“Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35mph (55km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125mph (205km).
“A Mexican Navy station on Clarion Island reported tropical-storm-force wind gusts during the past hour.”
Hurricane tracker: Hurricane Juliette satellite image
Tropical Storm Fernand
Tropical storm Fernand is expected to bring tropical-storm-force winds to the coast of northeastern Mexico later this morning.
Fernand is currently located at latitude 23.0 north, longitude 96.7 west, which is approximately 90 miles southeast of La Pesca, Mexico, and 95 miles northeast of Tampico, Mexico.
Meanwhile, the NHC recorded maximum sustained winds as 50mph.
Hurricane tracker: Weather radar map for tropical storm Fernand
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Puerto Altamira to the mouth of the Rio Grande River, meaning tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 6 to 12 hours.
The NHC advisory, published at 1am CDT (7am BST) reads: “Tropical storm conditions are already very near the coast within the warning area and will continue to increase today, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
“Squalls with gusts to tropical storm force are likely north of the warning area along portions of the lower Texas coast.”
There is also a chance of heavy rainfall which may cause life-threatening mudslides and flash floods, as well as possible tornadoes across far South Texas today.
Hurricane tracker: Satellite imagery of tropical storm Fernand
Tropical Depression Eight
Tropical depression Eight strengthened from a disturbance into a tropical storm yesterday.
As of the most recent update from the NOAA, published at 11pm AST (4am BST), Eight was located at latitude 19.1 north, longitude 32.8 west, which is around 615 miles west northwest form the Cabo Verde Islands.
The NHC recorded maximum sustained winds at 35mph, with the storm moving northwestwards at 8mph.
This general motion is predicted to continue through the week with the storm expected to increase in forward speed late in the week.
Eight is currently forecast to reach around 58mph (50 kts) from Friday through Monday.
Hurricane tracker: A map showing four of the five storms around the world
Atlantic tropical disturbance one
There is a currently a tropical disturbance which has a medium chance of becoming a tropical cyclone tracking east of Hurricane Dorian.
The trough of low pressure, located just east of Bermuda, is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.
Some development of this disturbance is possible, with the NOAA forecasting a 50 percent chance of formation through the next 48 hours and/or five days.
The NHC reports that a tropical depression could form during the next couple of days as the disturbance moves northeastward, away from Bermuda.
Afterward, upper-level winds are expected to become less favorable for tropical cyclone formation.
Hurricane tracker: A map from the NOAA showing the current disturbances being monitored in the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic tropical disturbance two
The NOAA is monitoring another potential storm located over the far eastern tropical Atlantic between Africa and the Cabo Verde Islands.
A tropical wave is forecast to emerge in this region later today.
Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for development and a tropical depression is likely to form late this week or over the weekend while the system moves westward to west-northwestward.
The chance of formation chance through 48 hours is very low at nearly 0 percent, however, the NHC predicts the chance through five days at 70 percent.
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