Tropical Depression Forms In Caribbean In Busy Storm Season
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MIAMI: Tropical Storm Eta has formed in the Caribbean, tying the record for most named storms in a single Atlantic hurricane season.
The system reached maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) late Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. It’s centered 270 miles (435 kilometers) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.
Eta is the 28th named Atlantic storm this season, tying the 2005 record for named storms. However, this is the first time the Greek letter Eta is being used as a storm name because in 2005, after the season ended meteorologists went back and determined there was a storm that should have gotten a name, but didnt.
Hurricane season still has a month to go, ending Nov. 30. And in 2005, Zeta formed in the end of December.
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MIAMI: A tropical depression has formed in the central Caribbean Sea and forecasters say it is expected to become a hurricane in the coming days as it approaches Central America.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Tropical Depression 29 emerged Saturday afternoon about 315 miles (510 kilometers) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.
The Miami-based center said the storm system is forecast to become a hurricane in a couple of days as it approaches Nicaragua and Honduras.
Forecasters said hurricane or tropical storm watches will likely be required for portions of both of those countries in the coming hours. The depression is moving to the west at close to 15 mph (24 kph). On the forecast track, the center of the storm is expected to be near the northeast coast of Nicaragua by Monday night.
The storm has top sustained winds near 35 mph (55 kph) with higher gusts and is expected to dump heavy rains across parts of Jamaica and Central America, raising the risk of flash flooding and river flooding.
Forecasters said that if the depression becomes a named storm as expected, it would be named Eta as the 28th named Atlantic storm this season tying the 2005 record for named storms.
However, this is the first time the Greek letter Eta would be used as a storm name because in 2005, after the season ended, meteorologists went back and determined there was a storm that should have gotten a name, but didnt.
Hurricane season still has a month to go, ending Nov. 30.
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