Tropical Storm Agatha is the first named storm of the eastern Pacific this year and is moving towards the Mexican coast. It has the potential to turn into a hurricane, triggering dangerous flash floods or mudslides.
Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist, and spokesman at the Hurricane Center, stated that Agatha could hit land Monday as a Category 2 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph.
Agatha was heading toward Oaxaca, a rural Mexican state. She was expected to dissipate Wednesday. A hurricane watch was in effect for the southern coast Mexico from Salina Cruz to Punta Maldonado.
Mr. Feltgen stated that storms that originate in the eastern Pacific do not usually reach the United States as hurricanes. The same applies to Agatha, he said, though he added that if the storm “survives its trek across Mexico, then its remnants could emerge into the Gulf of Mexico.”
Agatha was formed off Mexico’s coast. was named on SaturdayIt was not long after the official beginning of the eastern Pacific hurricane seasons, which runs from May 15, to Nov. 30,
The Atlantic hurricane season — the term used for storms that form in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean — runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. Mr. Feltgen explained that these regions have been responsible for some of the most destructive hurricanes to hit the United States.
This year will be the first since 2014 when a hurricane hasn’t formed in the Atlantic prior to the official start of the season. The season does not peak from mid-August to lateOctober, and forecasters expect above-average Atlantic activity this year with six to ten hurricanes and three or six major hurricanes.
If the prediction holds true, this will be the seventh consecutive year of above-average hurricane seasons.
The causes for the predicted intensity of hurricanes cited by NOAA includes the climate pattern known as La Niña, which affects the speed and direction of wind, and a particularly intense West African monsoon season, which produces waves that can lead to powerful and long-lasting hurricanes.
Source: NY Times