According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the first hurricane in 2021, called Elsa, formed on Friday morning (July 2) and is expected to affect the Caribbean Sea and the islands of Florida. According to CNN,
Elsa, currently a Category 1 hurricane with wind speeds between 74 and 95 mph (119 and 153 km / h), is the fifth time that the Atlantic Ocean has been called a storm for the first time on record. The four names before Elsa on the 2021 list (Anna, Bill, Claudet, and Danny) are due to the tropical storm’s wind speed not being high enough to constitute a hurricane.
Because of this early start, the 2021 hurricane season may be comparable to the 2020 hurricane season, which set a record for 30 named storms, beating the record for 28 named storms in 2005, according to the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Of the 30 named storms in 2020, 11 made landfall in the United States.
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If Hurricane Elsa hits Florida next week, it may affect discovery According to CNN reports, the deadly Surfside apartment collapsed on its shore.
According to CNN, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Friday, “There may be tropical storm-strength winds in this area.” “This is not a guarantee, but it is possible. , So our emergency management department assumes that this will happen, and is making the necessary preparations. Obviously, it can protect most of the equipment.”
This is the possible path to the storm center as of Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
Here is the possible path from the center of the storm to Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (Image source: NOAA) The “birth” of the
hurricane requires two things: weather disturbances, such as storms, attract warm surfaces. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the temperature of the air and surface water is at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). Such storms usually start in tropical oceans, where the water is warm enough, and the rotation of the earth helps them turn. However, according to the Washington Post, Elsa’s starting point is far more than another recorded storm—a storm in 1933. Miami University tropical climate expert Brian McNaughty posted on Twitter. .
“This is really weird (1933 was one of the busiest seasons ever),” McNaughty wrote in a tweet. According to the Washington Post, storms generally form in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, rather than east of the Lesser Antilles like Elsa.
What did the forecast find? The NHC reported in a statement that Hurricane
is expected to hit the Windward Islands (Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Dominica) on Friday and Haiti on Saturday (July 4). On Saturday, hurricane conditions may affect the southern coast of the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
At the same time, heavy rains from Hurricane Elsa are expected to hit the Windward Islands and the southern Leeward Islands, including Barbados, on Friday. The NHC indicated that Puerto Rico, southern Hispaniola and Jamaica will also rain this weekend, with possible flooding and landslides. Strong winds, storm surge and rain are expected to affect parts of Cuba this weekend, and may also affect the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.
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Early next week, the Florida Keys and the Florida Peninsula can experience storm surge, wind and rain. “However, due to Elsa’s possible interaction with the Greater Antilles this weekend, the forecast uncertainty remains higher than usual,” so it is unclear how Elsa will develop and whether it will affect Florida and / or the Gulf Coast, according to the NHC. it said in a statement. The
Atlantic Hurricane Season lasts from June 1 through November. 30. According to research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2020, as climate change causes the world to warm, hurricanes become more and more intense.