- Storm Olaf became a hurricane and is heading towards the resorts in Los Cabos, Mexico.
- Authorities urge people to take precautions.
- They warn of possible flash floods and landslides.
New Hurricane Olaf is moving to attack the Los Cabos resort area at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on Thursday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the area could experience hurricane conditions overnight and urged people to speed up their preparations for the storm.
It was located about 155 miles (250 kilometers) southeast of Cabo San Lucas on Thursday morning with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph). It was moving northwest at 7 mph (11 kph), The Associated Press reported.
Hurricane Olaf heads hard for Los Cabos
The Hurricane Center said Olaf is likely to get stronger as it gets closer to shore. Hurricane force winds extended up to 35 miles (55 kilometers from center) and tropical storm force winds extended up to 115 miles (185 kilometers).
The Hurricane Center said tropical storm-force winds were expected to begin hitting the tip of the peninsula starting Thursday afternoon or early in the afternoon. evening, which will make preparations difficult.
Torrential rains expected
Hurricane Olaf is expected to bring 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 centimeters) of rain to the southern part of the peninsula, with up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) in isolated locations, creating the danger of flash floods and landslides. of Earth.
Given the imminent arrival of Hurricane Olaf in Los Cabos in Mexico, netizens began to share images and videos of the storm and the rains that began to hit Los Cabos. To watch the videos press HERE and HERE.
Florida warning for tropical storm Mindy is issued and where it is going
On the other hand, the northeast strip of Florida receives large amounts of rain as Tropical Storm Mindy makes its way through the state early Thursday. The meteor made landfall on the island of San Vicente on Wednesday night, reported The Associated Press.
Storm Mindy is anticipated to drop up to 15 centimeters (6 inches) of rain across the northeast strip of Florida and portions of southern Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center reported. English). There is the possibility of flash flooding in zones urban.
Mindy Storm Alert Issued
In the early hours of Thursday, the storm was located about 30 kilometers (20 miles) northeast of Tallahassee, Florida and moving northeast at 31 km / h (20 mph) with maximum sustained winds of 65 km / h (40 mph). , according to meteorologists. The Mindy vortex is forecast to move across northern Florida Peninsula and southeastern Georgia AND into the Atlantic by Thursday morning.
The tropical storm watch is in effect from Mexico Beach, Florida, to the Steinhatchee River. The area is about 300 miles (500 kilometers) east of southern Louisiana, where Hurricane Ida made landfall last month. The region continues its recovery from the devastation caused by the Category 4 storm.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic
As forecasters had predicted, the 2021 hurricane season has been very busy and there is still more to see. So far, five hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic basin: Elsa, Grace, Henri, Ida, and Larry.
Grace, Ida and Larry were classified as major hurricanes. Ida even became category 4 and it is estimated that due to the damage it caused, it ended up taking the lives of about fifty people. Mindy is the 13th named storm in a busy Atlantic hurricane season. According to a tweet from Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach, the average date for the 13th storm of the season between 1991 and 2020 was October 24.
Bad news: Prognosis remains
Bad news! There are no signs that the trend will change, so the forecast remains that this will be an active hurricane season in the Atlantic, reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States (NOAA).
This Wednesday, the agency indicated that there do not appear to be significant changes in what they had foreseen for this hurricane season in the Atlantic, so the forecast is maintained that this year they will form until 10 hurricanes.
Forecast of active hurricane season in the Atlantic remains
The hurricane season began on June 1. Now, when we go to the middle, the NOAA Climate Prediction Center reviews and confirms that this 2021 there could be between 15 and 21 named storms and that between 7 and 10 of them could become hurricanes.
Before starting the season, NOAA also warned about the possibility that during this year they will form 3 to 5 major hurricanes, that is, so strong that they could reach categories 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, EFE reported.
Are more hurricanes coming?
Actually, there was a slight increase in the possibilities. In May, NOAA anticipated that they would form between 13 and 20 named tropical storms, as well as between 6 and 10 hurricanes. This time, anticipate that they will form between 15 and 21 named storms, as well as between 7 and 10 hurricanes.
Even so, it does not represent a significant change. “NOAA forecasters maintain an above-average hurricane season forecast for the Atlantic Basin and emphasize the importance of being prepared,” they confirmed through their twitter account.
Forecasters invite you to be prepared for what lies ahead
“The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is underway and atmospheric and ocean conditions remain conducive to an above-average hurricane season, according to the annual mid-season update issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Meteorological Service ”, they began by saying in a release.
It should be remembered that so far 5 named storms have already been recorded, including Elsa that became a hurricane. NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad said that “after a record start, the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season shows no signs of abating as it enters the peak months ahead” adding that the agency will keep communities ” prepared for any threatening storm ”. Filed Under: Hurricane Olaf.
Staying alert for the storm season
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. Filed Under: Hurricane Olaf.
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