Hurricane season is picking up steam after a slow start

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Danielle became the first Atlantic Basin hurricane of 2022 on September 2 and was quickly followed by Earl on September 6. Although Hurricane Kay brought torrential rain and strong winds to southern California when it hit Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, it is said to have killed four, from . in the Pacific.

Two hurricanes have been named this week in the Atlantic, and experts are keeping an eye on a tropical wave, called Invest 98L, several hundred kilometers east of the southern Windward Islands.

Hurricane Fiona, which the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday has strengthened to a category four hurricane, is expected to track parts of Atlantic Canada over the weekend, with the Canadian government warning of “many areas”.

The storm could be “very severe” in Canada, the government warned Wednesday morning.

It was initially expected to track Bermuda late Thursday, with the NHC warning that the storm would bring torrential rain and high and damaging waves along the coast, as well as two to four inches of rain.

Fiona has already brought damaging winds and rain to Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, and the Dominican Republic, and life-threatening flooding.

US President Joe Biden approved a declaration of emergency in Puerto Rico on Sunday, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confirmed on Tuesday that it is evacuating hundreds more people to the region to help in the disaster. The death toll in Puerto Rico could rise to eight, Reuters reported.

Eyes remain trained on Invest 98L, which had a 90% chance of forming in five days and a 70% chance of forming in 48 hours as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the NHC, and will be named Hermine. The storm is expected to move into the Central Caribbean later this week, according to the NHC, and forecasters are waiting to see if the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

AccuWeather forecasters warned that US interests “from Miami to New Orleans” should keep a close eye on the weather in the coming days.

Should Invest 98L strengthen and hit the US, it would be the second Hermine to do so in the last decade; Its namesake made landfall in 2016 as a category 1 hurricane and was the first hurricane to hit Florida since 2005’s Wilma.

These trends indicate that the state could take a direct hit from potential Hermine, a representative from the Insurance Information Institute has warned.

The US state of Florida is already struggling with a homeowner’s insurance crisis, with several major carriers pulling out of the market and five home insurers failing in recent months, and market sources have warned that the hurricanes that hit Florida this year could be dangerous from the industry’s perspective. .

Hurricane Gaston became the seventh Atlantic storm of the season on Tuesday, although it is expected to remain at sea.

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North America may have been spared typhoons so far this year, but in September alone three typhoons – Hinnamnor, Muifa, and Namnadol – hit Asia, causing destruction and loss of life.

Super typhoon Hinnamnor, the first typhoon to reach category five in 2022 at the end of August, reached South Korea in September as a category two typhoon. The death toll is at least 10, including seven people who died after being trapped in an underground car park, according to BBC reports.

Japanese authorities recommended the evacuation of more than 9 million people, the publication said.

Typhoon Muifa, which made landfall in Eastern China last Wednesday, was reported to be the strongest typhoon ever to hit the populous city of Shanghai, forcing 1.6 million people to evacuate their homes.

Typhoon Nanmadol killed at least four people and injured 114 in Japan. The typhoon hit Kyushu on Sunday night before passing through Honshu, prompting heavy rain and mudslide warnings.

Last September saw 10 Atlantic hurricanes, of which five were hurricanes and two were major hurricanes, according to NOAA. The eastern Pacific only saw Hurricane Olaf, while the western Pacific experienced five storms, including five typhoons Chantu and Mindulle.