The National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday that a new tropical disturbance is developing in the Atlantic Ocean and could pose a threat to Puerto Rico and Florida.
The storm center began issuing consultations on a possible tropical cyclone nine, located 585 miles southeast of Howard Island, on Tuesday morning.
A potential tropical cyclone is a disturbance that is not yet a defined tropical cyclone, but has a high probability of formation. This allows the hurricane center to issue advisories for areas that may have been affected before depression or storm forms, so allows for longer lead times for locations that may be in the path of damage .
At 11 am, the turbulence had maximum winds of 40 mph and the system was moving west at a speed of 23 mph. A tropical storm disturbance is expected to strengthen before arriving on the island of Howard on Wednesday, which is why a tropical storm warning has been applied to Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Antigua, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, St. Tates Went. And several other islands in the northeast Caribbean.
If it becomes a tropical storm, the next name on the list is Isaias. It will be the earliest “I ‘name storm on record on the Atlantic, with the previous record being Irene since August 7, 2005. The average date for the ninth hurricane in the Atlantic is October 4.
It will be hot on the heels of five other tropical storms that have set the same record for their respective letters this year: Cristobal, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo and Hanna.
With the Ishmais imminent, meteorologists are practicing to pronounce it properly. Pronounced “ees-ah-EE-ahs,” this four-syllable name emphasizes the third syllable. Isaiah comes from the Spanish and Portuguese languages as the Biblical name Isaiah, meaning “God is my salvation”.
Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach Leward Island on Wednesday and Puerto Rico on Wednesday afternoon. Three to six inches of rain is expected in the northern Howard Islands with localized amounts of up to 10 inches and the Windward Islands are expected to receive two to four inches of rain. This amount of precipitation can produce life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides.
The exact track and intensity of the storm remains uncertain but it could track closer to Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas later this week and possibly turn northwest and reach Florida later this week.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Douglas is pulling away from Hawaii after an extremely close call with the island chain. When it was a hurricane, the center of circulation missed making landfall on Oahu just 30 miles with tropical storm force winds just 10 miles away.
The hurricane center said it was the closest hurricane hit Oahu in 1959 before Hurricane Dot.