Hurricane Danielle is now the strongest hurricane of the season and is headed in Bermuda’s direction. With winds of 135 miles an hour, it has been declared a category 4 storm. It is also producing over 20 foot waves.
Bermuda is lucky this time, however. Danielle will not hit the British territory directly. It is expected to come no closer than about 230 miles. However, the tropical storm-force winds of Danielle reach out to as far as over 200 miles.
As of a recent advisory, the hurricane is moving northwest at 9 miles per hour and was a major hurricane, as it had 111 mile-per-hour winds or higher.
But although the hurricane will not hit Bermuda directly, The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami has said that dangerous surf conditions will occur there. Dangerous rip currents should also be expected on the East Coast of the United States during the weekend.
Danielle has become more powerful than Hurricane Alex, becoming the strongest storm of the season. Alex had wind speeds of 105 miles per hour when it made landfall in Mexico the last day in June.
Remnants of the hurricane will reach Greenland. The Azores will also be affected.
As of August 28, Danielle has weakened to a category 2 storm.
As of August 30, the storm has severely weakened and is no longer a hurricane. One person has drowned due to the rip currents in Florida.
Tropical Storm Earl
Tropical Storm Earl has reached maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. It will most likely become a hurricane on August 29 and may reach landfall on the East Coast of the United States. It will travel south more than Danielle.
As of August 27, Earl isn’t in a spiral shape and does not have a well-formed eye. However, it is a large storm.
As of August 28, the storm is gaining strength.
On September 31, the hurricane was upgraded to category 4. A hurricane warning has been issued for South Carolina.
Hurricane Definition and Types of Tropical Cyclones
There are three types of tropical cyclones:
-Tropical depression: An arranged and circulating system of clouds and thunderstorms with wind speeds of 38 miles per hour or less
-Tropical depression: An arranged and circulating system of clouds and thunderstorms with wind speeds of 39 to 73 miles per hour
-Hurricane: A strong, well-defined storm with wind speeds of or exceeding 74 miles per hour
How is a hurricane’s category determined?
Category 1: Wind speeds of 74 to 95 miles per hour
Category 2: Wind speeds of 96 to 110 miles per hour
Category 3: Wind speeds of 111 to 130 miles per hour
Category 4: Wind speeds of 131 to 155 miles per hour
Category 5: Wind speeds exceeding 155 miles per hour
Hurricane Safety Tips:
It’s always important to be prepared for natural disasters, whether they are earthquakes, tornadoes, forest fires, hurricanes, or anything else. Here are some good and important hurricane safety tips:
-Have flashlights with working and extra batteries
-Make sure you have enough food supplied
-Keep first aid kits handy
-Have at least a 3-day supply of food and water
-Leave your home if you have been ordered to evacuate
More very important hurricane safety tips can be found here.
Sources used in this article:
Brian K. Sullivan and Alex Morales, Bermuda on Watch With Approach of Danielle, Strongest Hurricane of Year, Bloomberg
Anonymous, Hurricane Danielle Roars to Cat. 4 Strength, FOX News
Anonymous, Tropical Storm Earl, NASA