Tropical Depression 28 May Hit the United States as a Tropical Storm or Hurricane
MIAMI – The tropical depression “Veintiocho” formed this Saturday in the Caribbean southeast of Cuba and is advancing in the direction of the Yucatan Channel with maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour (45 km / h), threatening to reach the south of the United States turned into a tropical storm or hurricane Zeta.
This depression will leave abundant rains in central and western Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, the northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) and the south and the Florida Keys, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
At 5:00 p.m. local time (9:00 p.m. GMT), its center was located 225 miles (405 km) south-southeast of the westernmost tip of Cuba and a similar distance east-southeast of Cozumel (Mexico).
At the moment it is traveling slowly, only 2 miles per hour (4 km / h) in a northwesterly direction.
The center of the depression is expected to remain south of Cuba this Sunday and Monday, before leaving the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and approaching the Yucatan Channel or the Mexican Peninsula of the same name.
Likewise, the observatory, which is based in Miami, forecasts a “slow” strengthening during the next 72 hours.
The system is expected to become a tropical storm on Sunday and a hurricane on Tuesday in the southern waters of the Gulf of Mexico. If so, the storm would be called Zeta.
According to the private meteorological observatory AccuWeather, only one other storm in history has had that name and that occurred when it formed on December 28, 2005, outside of the cyclonic season, which begins every June 1 and ends on November 30.
On the other hand, Hurricane Epsilon, which is already far from the Bermuda Islands heading northeast, produces “high currents” in the North Atlantic coastlines.
Epsilon, the tenth hurricane of the Atlantic season, carries sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 km) and at 9:00 p.m. GMT its center was located 615 miles (985 km) northeast of Bermuda and 565 miles (910 km) south- southwest of Cape Race, on the Canadian island of Newfoundland.
This hurricane is expected to weaken slowly over the weekend to become a “big and powerful” post-tropical cyclone late on Sunday, the NHC said.
With Epsilon, which is currently Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, there are ten hurricanes formed this season, of which the largest was Laura, who made landfall in Louisiana in late August and caused at least 77 deaths. and damages of $ 14.1 billion dollars throughout its journey.
The previous Epsilon hurricane, Delta, also made landfall in Louisiana, in this case on October 9.
This Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ends on November 30, is the second most active in recorded history. Only in 2005 were more storms and hurricanes recorded.
Epsilon is the name of a letter in the Greek alphabet. Greek letters are used to name storms and hurricanes when the list of 21 names that the International Meteorological Organization draws up for each hurricane season is exhausted.
In 2005, the year of powerful Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, there was an Epsilon storm.