Depression Twenty in the Atlantic turns into Tropical Storm Victor

Depression number 20 forms in the Atlantic and quickly becomes Tropical Storm Victor. Meteorologists predict that in a couple of days Vic...

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  • Depression number 20 forms in the Atlantic and quickly becomes Tropical Storm Victor.
  • Meteorologists predict that in a couple of days Victor will acquire the force of a hurricane.
  • In its latest report, the NHC stated that Victor was moving west-northwest through the waters of the Atlantic.

Depression number 20 forms in the Atlantic and quickly becomes Tropical Storm Victor. Meteorologists predict that in a couple of days it will acquire the force of a hurricane.

Just this Wednesday, the USA National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Tropical Depression 20 had formed in the Atlantic, which just hours later became Tropical Storm Victor.

Depression 20 in the Atlantic turns into Tropical Storm Victor

Depression 20 in the Atlantic turns into Tropical Storm Victor
Photo: NHC

In its latest report, the NHC indicated that Victor was located about 540 miles (870 km) south of the Cape Verde Islands and that he was moving west-northwest through the waters of the Atlantic.

Forecasters forecast the system, which is now traveling at 13 miles per hour (20 km / h), to make a northwesterly turn in the next few days. For now, Victor registers maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km / h), with a view to continuing to strengthen.

From storm to hurricane in a couple of days

Depression 20 in the Atlantic turns into Tropical Storm Victor
Photo: NHC

Victor has presented a violent evolution. According to experts, the maximum sustained winds of this storm will become progressively stronger, so they estimate that in one or two days it will end up acquiring the strength of a hurricane.

So far, the NHC has not issued any kind of warning for populated areas. In fact, there is no risk of Tropical Storm Victor making landfall, the same as Hurricane Sam, the second active system in the Atlantic at this time.

Meanwhile … SAM

Depression 20 in the Atlantic turns into Tropical Storm Victor
Photo: Twitter

Unlike Victor, Sam has already become a Category 4 hurricane, which makes it a major hurricane according to the Saffir-Simpson scale that goes up to 5. Right now, it is registering maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 km / h).

The good news is that experts do not expect it to make landfall, although they do expect that in the coming days it will generate tidal waves that will impact the Lesser Antilles and even the east coast of the United States. They also predict that in a couple of days it will be causing damage in the Bermuda Islands and the Bahamas.

“Life-threatening swell” along the US East Coast.

Hurricane Sam could cause a "life-threatening swell" along the East Coast
Photo: Twitter

“AccuWeather forecasters say confidence is growing that the United States will miss the direct impact of Hurricane Sam, but the monster storm may still make waves,” he wrote. the weather agency on Twitter.

Although Hurricane Sam will stay far from land, storm surges that “could cause potentially deadly swell and rippling current conditions” are expected off the US coast by the end of the week, the NHC warned.

Hurricane Sam category 4

Photo: NHC

Sam started out as depression 18 and ended up becoming the seventh hurricane of the 2021 season in the Atlantic. Only Grace, Ida, Larry, and Sam have achieved this rating of 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

The experts have not been wrong: this has been a more active hurricane season than normal. So far, seven hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic: Elsa, Grace, Henri, Ida, Larry, Nicholas and Sam.

The names on the list are exhausted

Photo: Getty

Just as experts had predicted, the 2021 hurricane season in the Atlantic has been bumpy. So after “Victor”, there aren’t many names left on the list.

Wanda would still remain to be used. If the forecasts are met, this name will also be crossed out, so they will have to use a complementary list approved by the World Meteorological Organization to replace the customary Greek alphabet, a measure that was implemented after the record 2020 season, he recalled USA Today.

Staying alert for storms

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Families should prepare for the storm, that’s what Louis W. Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service, recommends. “Now is the time for families and communities to make sure their preparations are in place,” he said.

“These storms can be devastating, so be prepared for all possible outcomes by keeping an eye on the forecast and the following safety information and possible evacuation notifications issued by emergency officials,” he added. Depression 20 in the Atlantic turns into Tropical Storm Victor.

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