- LAST MINUTE: Hurricane Linda strengthens and storm Grace puts thousands on alert.
- Hurricane Linda formed near the Mexican coast.
- In addition, a state of emergency is declared due to storm Fred.
Hurricane Linda grows stronger and warnings are issued for Storms Fred and Grace. Hurricane Linda strengthened to category 4, as was reported this Saturday by the National Meteorological Service (SMN) of Mexico, while storm Grace put thousands on alert.
The agency warned that Hurricane Linda is located 790 kilometers south-southwest of Cabo San Lázaro, in the state of Baja California Sur, with a velocity of 20 kilometers per hour in a west-northwest direction, says Efe.
They give good news about Hurricane Linda but issue a warning for storm Grace
The Mexican authorities indicated that Linda, despite having gained strength, is moving away from the Mexican Pacific coast, “It had maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour, gusts of 260 kilometers per hour and displacement to the west-northwest at 20 kilometers per hour. ”, Reported the SMN.
Linda had intensified from a tropical storm to a category 1 hurricane on Thursday, and this Friday it rose to category 2 and 3 in a few hours, Efe recalls. The official forecast predicted that the cyclone would descend again to a category 3 hurricane when it will be located more than 840 kilometers from Los Cabos.
They declare an emergency in the US due to storm Fred
The remnants of the Fred system could revert to tropical storm status over the Gulf of Mexico by Sunday, as part of the Caribbean prepared for the impact of Tropical Storm Grace, according to The Associated Press.
Fred is expected to pass over the Gulf before reaching the U.S. coast sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center of the United States. People from Alabama to central Florida’s northeast fringe were urged to keep an eye on the evolution of the meteor.
They warn of severe weather conditions
A tropical storm watch was issued from the Alabama-Florida border to Ochlockonee, Florida. The system’s maximum sustained winds increased to 65 kilometers per hour (40 miles) Sunday. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for the northeast strip of the state.
In addition, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a statement noting that her government was monitoring the weather and “will be ready to act at the state level if necessary.” While the SMN in Mexico warned of new meteorological conditions through a low pressure channel located on the northwest, the west and the center of Mexico that interacts with tropical wave number 20 in the west of the country, Efe points out.
Expect heavy rains
For this reason, for this Saturday, “very heavy” rains are expected in areas of Chiapas, Chihuahua, Colima, Sonora, the State of Mexico, Jalisco and Michoacán. “The rains could cause landslides, increase in the levels of rivers and streams, and overflows and floods in low-lying areas, which is why the population of the aforementioned states and maritime navigation are urged to heed the warnings,” indicated the SMN.
The 2021 rainy and tropical cyclone season in the Pacific officially began on May 15 and is expected to end in November. At the moment, cyclones Andrés, Blanca, Carlos, Dolores, Enrique, Felicia, Guillermo, Hilda, Ignacio, Jimena, Kevin and Linda have formed in the Pacific, Efe points out.
Hurricane Linda and storm Grace wreak havoc
Dolores made landfall on June 19 and had a special impact on the states of Colima and Michoacán, leaving 3 dead due to electrical storms. In addition, the Fred system has tended further west so that throughout this weekend it is expected to move over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Meteorologists pointed out that Fred would not pass very far from the southwest and west coast of Florida, as was expected in recent days and that they were also with alerts and warnings, reports Efe. NHC meteorologists predicted that the system would shift to the northwest and make another northward course Sunday night.
Storm Fred gets stronger
Once in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the remnants of Fred could re-develop as a tropical depression and later into a tropical storm, according to the NHC bulletin at 17:00 local time (21:00 GMT) obtained by Efe.
The National Water Commission (Conagua), on which the SMN depends, predicted last May the formation of between 14 and 20 named systems in the Pacific Ocean for this season, while for the Atlantic it predicted 15 to 19 meteorological phenomena .
Storm Fred advances and they warn when it will hit the US.
On the forecast route, Fred is expected to “move inland over the north Gulf coast Monday night,” when he possibly reaches the shores of Alabama or northwestern Florida, as noted by the meteorological center, based in Miami (USA).
Heavy rains associated with remnants of Fred are still expected this weekend in parts of southeastern Florida, especially in the Keys area. Fred, the sixth tropical storm this year, can produce heavy rains in Florida’s Big Bend, in the north of the state, in some cases up to 10 inches (250 millimeters), with a risk of flash floods, river flooding and landslides of land, Efe points out.
Hurricane Linda and Storm Grace
Beginning Sunday, the impacts of heavy rain and flooding could spread to parts of the southeastern interior and into the south and central Appalachians and Piedmont, as Fred interacts with a front in the area, forecasters warned.
In addition, Grace, the seventh tropical storm of the current hurricane season in the Atlantic and which formed this Saturday morning, continues its route to the east of the Lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km / h ), Efe pointed out.
Hurricane Linda and storm Grace raise alarm
The US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Martin and St. Bartholomew are under storm warning, as are St. Kitts and Nevis, Monteserrat, Saba and St. Eustatius, the news agency reported. .
The NHC noted that parts of the north and south coast of the Dominican Republic should be vigilant for the possible passage of Grace. The storm, which already makes its winds and heavy rains felt in part of the Lesser Antilles, is moving west with a translation speed of 26 miles per hour (43 km / h) and its center is expected to move tonight over the Windward Islands and over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday, to arrive in the Dominican Republic on Monday.
Tragedy after tragedy: Grace will impact Haiti
Haiti, where at least 227 people have died in an earthquake, the storm would arrive Monday night, according to the NHC forecast. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released its updated forecast for the current season, according to which above-average activity will be recorded in the Atlantic.
Nearing the equator of the current Atlantic hurricane season, which officially began on June 1, the count to date is seven tropical storms: Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred and Grace.
Only Elsa, formed in early July, has so far become a hurricane.
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