Monday, 21 Sep 2020

Hurricane tracker: Satellite image shows FOUR cyclones barrelling across the ocean

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The hurricane and typhoon seasons began earlier this summer in the US and East Asia, where frequent storms define the warmer months. Both regions have already experienced their fair share of extreme weather, but few storms have yet to cause lasting damage. Among the four currently in circulation, one of them is on the precipice of evolving into a hurricane.

Cyclone Elida

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is monitoring a system named Elida, currently ripping through the Pacific.

Located off the coast of Mexico, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) expects it will become a hurricane later today.

They said Elida is moving towards the northwest, further up the Pacific coast to the US, where it will quickly strengthen and subsequently weaken again.

The NHC said: “At 3am MDT (9am UTC), the centre of Tropical Storm Elida was located near latitude 18.3 North, longitude 108.8 West.

“Elida is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday.

“Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts.

“Strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, and Elida is expected to become a hurricane later today. Steady weakening is forecast to begin Tuesday night.”

Typhoon Jangmi

Swirling slightly further across the Pacific is Jangmi, which recently battered South Korea.

While 90kmph winds initially concerned officials, early action prevented any significant damage, and it passed off towards the northwest.

However, South Korea is in the midst of its longest Monsoon season in decades, and Jangmi prevented people from repairing the damage done to tens of thousands of buildings.

The season, which will likely surpass the record-breaking monsoon of 1987, has also left 42 people dead or missing.

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Tropical storm Mekkhala

Mekkhala will storm through Taiwan tonight, and is on course to batter parts of China, according to the Xinhua news agency.

The Central Weather Bureau issued both land and sea warnings this morning, as has the Chinese government.

The bureau warned the coastal areas would likely see choppy waters and high waves.

Fujian Province, located in eastern China, activated its third-lowest level three emergency warning ahead of Mekkhala’s arrival.

Tropical depression Six

Tropical depression Six, otherwise known as 06W, is moving through the Pacific on the other side of Jangmi.

The least dangerous of the latest crop of extreme weather, Six has not yet made landfall from its perch to the northwest of Japan.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) has monitored the storm as it enters “unfavourable” conditions, meaning it will continue to weaken until it dissipates.

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