Tropical Storm Harmin, which formed on Friday, could threaten Florida as a major hurricane early next week after passing over western Cuba, forecasters said.
The National Hurricane Center said South Florida and Florida Keys residents should have hurricane supplies ready by sundown Monday. The storm could hit the peninsula as a Category 3 or higher hurricane, it said.
On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in 24 counties, including Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach, ahead of the storm. Under the order, funds will be released for protective measures and the National Guard will begin to operate, DeSantis said.
“This storm has the potential to develop into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to be prepared,” he said in a statement.
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Hermine is the eighth named storm of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season and the third most active named storm in the Atlantic. A storm is named when wind speeds reach 39 miles per hour or more.
Forming on September 15, Fiona intensified into a Category 4 hurricane. It hit Canada’s Atlantic province on Friday after hitting Bermuda, Puerto Rico and the eastern Dominican Republic.
Tropical Storm Gaston, which formed on Tuesday, was bringing strong winds to the Azores in the North Atlantic as it approached from the west on Friday.
The Atlantic hurricane season ran from June to November and got off to a relatively quiet start. Only three named storms occurred on him by September 1, and none in August. This is his first time since 1997. And Earl formed within a day of each other.
In early August, NOAA scientists released updated forecasts for the remainder of the season, which still called for above-normal levels of activity. In it, they predicted that the season running through November 30 would see 14 to 20 named storms, of which 6 to 10 could transform into hurricanes sustaining winds of 74 miles per hour or more. did.
Three to five of them could intensify into what NOAA calls major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher), with winds of at least 111 mph.
Last year saw 21 named storms, following a record 30 in 2020. Over the past two years, meteorologists have exhausted the list of names used to identify storms during the Atlantic hurricane season. ,Year 2005.
The link between hurricanes and climate change has become clearer with each passing year. Data show that hurricanes have gotten stronger around the world over the last 40 years. On a warming planet, hurricanes are expected to intensify over time, increasing the incidence of the most powerful storms, although the total number of storms is likely to decrease.
Hurricanes are also humid because there is more water vapor in the warmer atmosphere. Scientists suggest that storms like 2017’s Hurricane Harvey brought far more rain than would have been possible without human influence on the climate. Rising sea levels also contribute to an increase in storm surges, the most destructive component of tropical cyclones.