This year's first hurricane over the Atlantic is heading for Texas. Tropical storm “Hanna” was upgraded to the lowest level one hurricane on Saturday morning (local time), according to the National Hurricane Center of the US climate agency NOAA. The authority expected the storm to hit the country at wind speeds of up to 130 kilometers in the afternoon or evening.
A warning of storm surges has been issued for the stretch of coast from Port Mansfield to Sargent, Texas. Meteorologists warned of potentially fatal floods.
In the meantime, hurricane “Douglas” is traveling towards Hawaii at wind speeds of around 175 kilometers per hour. However, the hurricane center expected the level two hurricane to weaken. It is predicted to be close to Hawaii's largest islands at night on Sunday – then as a storm just below the hurricane threshold.
Over the Atlantic, NOAA expected this year after a forecast from May an above average active hurricane season. From June to the end of November, up to ten hurricanes can be expected, of which up to six could be very severe cyclones, the authority had said. There are an average of six hurricanes per year across the Atlantic, three of which develop into severe storms.
Given the available climate data and the higher water temperature in the Atlantic and the Caribbean, the probability of a normal season is only increased 30 percent, that of a below-average even only at 10 percent, it was said at the time. (dpa)