Another named tropical storm has formed off Mexico’s west coast and is expected to become a hurricane on Monday before disintegrating without threatening any country.
Tropical Storm Elida, which had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour on Sunday, is expected to weaken late Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
According to AccuWeather, if the system moves over warm, low-shear water by Sunday and Monday, it is expected to develop into a hurricane.
“Conditions in the eastern Pacific have not been favorable for nearly two weeks for various reasons,” said Mike Doll, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.
Although the system poses no threat to landing, Elida can create rough seas and particularly strong currents that could pose a threat to cargo ships and beaches in Mexico.
Premonition of a more active season: Forecasters say 10 more hurricanes are likely this season
Elida follows two much stronger hurricanes, Hanna and Isaias, which anticipate an active season, forecasters said.
“We have raised our forecast and are now calling for an extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season,” said meteorologist Phil Klotzbach, and his team at Colorado State University is forecasting 24 named storms in the Atlantic in 2020.
That list included the nine named storms that have already formed: Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, and Isaias.
If Elida forms into a hurricane as predicted, it would be the second Pacific hurricane of the season.
The first, named Douglas, founded on July 22nd, had winds of 80 mph and was 1,690 miles from Hilo, Hawaii. It was predicted to be the third hurricane to land on the island. But Douglas had other plans and spun north of Hawaii.
Overall, “this could be one of the more active seasons on historical record,” said Gerry Bell, chief seasonal hurricane forecaster for the Climate Prediction Center, during a news conference Thursday.
Atmospheric and oceanic conditions such as a potential La Niña in the Pacific, weak wind shear and warm sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic, and a strong West African monsoon together increase the likelihood of hurricanes, Bell said.
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