Saturday 20 July, 2019

Hurricane season starts today as NHC monitors system in Gulf of Mexico

Today marks the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, which will run until November 3.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) say the long-term averages for the number of named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes are 12, 6 and 3, respectively.

One named cyclone, Andrea, already formed this year in May.

The next named storm that forms this season will be Barry.


The NHC added that it is monitoring a developing system in the Gulf of Mexico.

It said if the system remains over water, a tropical depression could form before it moves in land early next week.

The NHC said regardless of the development, the disturbance will likely produce heavy rainfall over portions of southern and south-eastern Mexico during the next few days.

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