Severe storm warning issued for millions of Americans after new hurricane season starts with shock forecast from expertsJune 1, 2022
MILLIONS of Americans are under a severe weather warning, as experts forecast over a dozen storms are expected to hit the US coast this hurricane season.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict at least 14-21 major storms this hurricane season, with at least six to 10 of those storms evolving into hurricanes.
Meteorologists forecast that three to six storms could develop into category 3 hurricanes or stronger.
The peak of hurricane season is between August and October, and the first tropical storm on the radar is Alex, which is expected to rip through Southern Florida later this week.
After Hurricane Agatha ripped through Mexico and parts of Central America, remnants of the storm are forecast to form in the Gulf of Mexico and evolve into a tropical storm by Friday.
Experts say it's too soon to determine which parts of the Sunshine State may see severe weather -which all depends on the storm's trail.
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“Despite strong upper-level winds over the area, this system could become a tropical depression while moving northeastward over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and the southeastern Gulf of Mexico late this week,” National Hurricane Center hurricane specialist Robbie Berg said.
However, meteorologists believe South Florida and the Florida Keys have the best chance of picking up periods of heavy rain, flash flooding and strong winds.
Forecasters are giving the area a 10 percent chance of development over the next 48 hours and a 60 percent chance over the next five days, according to the NHC.
AGATHA RIPS THROUGH MEXICO
Agatha made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in the coastal town of Puerto Angel in Oaxaca, Mexico, on Monday evening, recording 70mph winds in the area.
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At least 11 people were killed and 20 are missing after the massive storm barreled through the southern Mexican state, causing dangerous flooding and mudslides.
Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat said rivers overflowed their banks and swept away people in homes while other victims were buried under mud and rocks.
Murat said there are reports of three children missing near the resort of Huatulco.
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“There were fundamentally two reasons" for the deaths, Murat told local media.
“There were rivers that overflowed, and on the other hand, and the most serious part, were landslides.”
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