Hurricane Nigel is forming in the Atlantic as the East Coast faces another onslaught
The eastern coasts face more threats from wind, rain and rising seas as Atlantic waters generate another hurricane and a dangerous group of tropical storms.
Newly formed Hurricane Nigel is expected to reach speeds of 100 mph in the coming hours as meteorologists closely monitor a separate tropical disturbance moving toward Florida.
Nigel – the fourteenth hurricane of the season – is expected to drift northeastward towards the waters of the Atlantic Ocean without making landfall with the United States.
However, a second group of tropical storms forming off the coast of Africa has meteorologists ringing early warning bells for another wave of disturbance.
The weather in the United Kingdom is affected by hurricanes
“We’re continuing to track the tropics and there are some things happening,” said The Weather Channel’s Dominica Davis.
“Nigel is no threat to anyone. He is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean where he will stay safely away from people and land.
“Off the southeast coast is a designated watching area. It’s a cluster of storms at the moment, but could it develop into something non-tropical or tropical, and that’s what we’ll be watching all week.
Experts say the group of storms will gather near the coasts of the Carolinas and Georgia after its journey across the Atlantic Ocean before the weekend.
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical disturbance off the US coast
It could develop into a tropical depression or other named storm, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NOAA).
This represents the latest display of a particularly active hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean and comes on the heels of Hurricane Lee, which battered the country last week with strong winds and seas.
While Nigel is currently expected not to make landfall, some experts warn that it may change course to a path similar to Lee.
“Nigel could take a similar path to Lee’s, but it depends on how he rebounds from the high-pressure heat dome that currently exists over a large area of the United States,” said Jim Dale, a US weather correspondent and meteorologist with the British Weather Service. .
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical disturbance
“Depending on how this develops, that could cause the storm to deflect, which will then move into the Atlantic Ocean.
“This has been a particularly active season and has produced an abundance of tornadoes.”
Clusters of thunderstorms that form off the coast of Africa often sow the seeds of hurricanes that then reach the United States.
The current disturbance could develop into a tropical depression that experts fear will intensify off the East Coast later this week.
An IBM spokesperson said: “The National Hurricane Center is also monitoring a tropical wave that will move off the African coast by Wednesday.
“A tropical depression will likely form from this area of turbulent weather once it moves across the central and eastern Atlantic.
“It is too early to say exactly where this system could track into the long-term future.
“The African tropical wave train generally becomes less active as we move into late September and October, and we will need to start looking closer to the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic for tropical development for the rest of the season.”
Lee was the 13th hurricane of the season and brought strong winds and large waves to Canada and parts of New England.
The storm quickly intensified from Category 1 to Category 5 to become one of the fastest-growing hurricanes in the past 40 years, according to experts.
Maximum wind speeds were measured at 160 mph making it the first Category 5 hurricane since Ian last year.
Nigel’s speed is expected to grow to 115 mph before weakening over the week to pose little threat to populated areas.
“For the next day or so, the hurricane should remain in an environment quite conducive to strengthening,” a NOAA spokesperson said.
“Nigel will be heading north in about 36 hours.
“Then, the hurricane should accelerate to the southeast and south from a strong low in the mid-latitudes, and head into the high latitudes of the Atlantic Ocean.”