Tropical Storm Dorian could become Atlantic Season’s first hurricane

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Tropical Storm Dorian could become Atlantic Season’s first hurricane

Parul Singh, Contributor

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We all have been in or ,at the least, have heard of a hurricane(hurricane Katrina), but this recent “hurricane” wasn’t a hurricane before, but it will become one around Wednesday. This “hurricane” is known as tropical storm, Dorian. Dorian’s path includes, Monday afternoon, near the Caribbean, then it hits the Barbados on Tuesday and Puerto Rico by late Wednesday. Don’t go travelling to these places near this week, at the most. As tropical storm, Dorian, moved towards the Lesser Antilles, forecasters stated that Dorian is the “fourth tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season” that “strengthened overnight”.  Around 11 am, on Monday, near the Caribbeans, Dorian’s maximum wind speed will be around “60 mph”, but in order for any kind of storm to be classified as a hurricane, its highest peak for wind speed should be around “74 mph”. Of course, as Dorian moves upward towards Puerto Rico, its wind speed will gradually intensify, approximately above the wind speed of a hurricane. CNN meteorologist, Dave Hennen stated “Hurricane watches and tropical storm watches and warnings have been issued for parts of the Leeward and Windward islands, where Dorian is expected move through on Tuesday morning”. Dorian is moving upwards in the Caribbeans rapidly and as its moving through, its average wind is above 60 mph. Haley Brink goes on saying that as Dorian passes through the Windward islands, it will “intensify into a hurricane” and proceed into the Caribbean sea. “Life threatening surf and rip current conditions”  are highly possible in areas around Lesser Antilles, which is a “string of islands” stretching from the Virgin Islands to Grenada.

Many people call Dorian either a hurricane or a tropical storm. Instead meteorologists, especially, prefer to look at Dorian as a “compact storm”, since its wind speed is ranging from 39 mph-73 mph, extending only “43 miles from the center”. The recent forecast for Dorian is that it reached a category 4 hurricane as it went ahead of making a “landfall” in Florida. Dorian “attacked” Florida yesterday, approximately at 11 am at the coast of Florida. Brittany Bell tweeted “No major change in the track, but it’s now expected to strengthen to a category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida”. Bell’s statement was correct for the coastal part of Florida especially. Besides Florida, North Carolina is expected to receive a mild amount of rain. Nothing to serious, but ABC11  stated “Eventually all that moisture turns north”. But going back Dorian’s path, it did cause limited amount of damage to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, but it did become a “category 1 hurricane” at that time. Many Puerto-Ricans are relieved that there happened to be limited damage, other than one community that lost their power. Dorian did “knock out” many electrical poles, which caused an “island-wide blackout”, but other than that there was no major flooding that had occurred. People, who live in the islands, are thankful that it wasn’t a “stronger storm”, as stated by the mayor of Puerto Rico, William Solis.

Generally, we don’t have much worrying to do because September is basically a “peak” of the hurricane season. So, many hurricanes happen to come around the month, September.  Approximately “two thirds of all storms produced in a typical season occur during this period”, as stated by a weather report on CNN. Besides the peak season, hurricane Dorian is basically shutting down/changing the routes of all cruise lines, especially in the Caribbean “Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian have all announced itinerary changes”. All of these cruise lines changed their route for the same exact idea: Dorian’s path. No one would like to spend time on a cruise when there is a hurricane coming towards them. But Dorian won’t last that long, so you can plan a great vacation on a cruise soon.

Sources:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tropical-storm-dorian-expected-near-hurricane-strength-latest-track-path-weather-forecast-model-today-2019-08-26/

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/26/weather/tropical-storm-dorian-monday-wxc/index.html

https://www.foxnews.com/world/tropical-storm-dorian-forecast-track

https://abc11.com/weather/tropical-storm-dorian-strengthens-eyes-caribbean-islands/5493259/

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/weather/hurricane/fl-ne-hurricane-peak-season-20190805-i6gqh2i4pjcm3p54qs4w65t7ma-story.html

https://news.paxeditions.com/news/tourism-board/puerto-rico-bracing-impact-dorian-gathers-hurricane-potential

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