Hurricane Nigel to rapidly intensify
Hurricane Nigel, the sixth hurricane to form in the Atlantic Ocean this season, developed into a Category 1 storm on Monday and is expected to “rapidly intensify” into a major hurricane by Tuesday.
The storm initially formed in the center of the Atlantic on Saturday but quickly picked up power, developing into a Category 1 hurricane on Monday morning.
At the moment, Nigel has sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.
But forecasters in the National Weather Service (NWS) and National Hurricane Center expect the storm to become a Category 3 by Tuesday – this means Nigel will have sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour.
As of Monday morning, Nigel is located approximately 900 miles southeast of Bermuda but is moving northwesterly. However, the hurricane is not expected to make landfall and no warnings or watches have been issued. As of now, the National Hurricane Center predicts Nigel will veer off right into the open Atlantic Ocean by Wednesday morning.
Nigel developed shortly after Hurricane Lee landed in Nova Scotia as a post-tropical storm.
Hurricane Nigel strengthens slightly
Tropical Storm Nigel, a Category 1 storm has strengthened slightly in the last few hours, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.
The storm is still packing maximum sustained winds of 85mph but it was expected to strengthen further on Tuesday before it starts to weaken on Wednesday.
Stuti Mishra19 September 2023 07:00
Hurricane Nigel has ‘somewhat ragged-looking eye’
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) described Hurricane Nigel as having a “somewhat ragged-looking eye” as of Monday afternoon.
“Nigel is exhibiting a somewhat ragged-looking eye on satellite imagery, surrounded by bands of very deep convection with cloud tops to -80 deg C. High-level outflow has become a bit restricted over the northeastern quadrant of the circulation, but overall the system continues to become better organized. “
Ariana Baio19 September 2023 05:00
Hurricane wind speed possibility
Ariana Baio19 September 2023 03:00
Where did Hurricane Lee end up?
On Saturday, the storm was downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone.
Ariana Baio19 September 2023 01:00
Hurricane Nigel approximately 800 miles from Bermuda
Hurricane Nigel is currently picking up speeds in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
As of Monday afternoon, the storm is about 810 miles from Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said.
With sustained winds of 80 mph, Nigel is a Category 1 hurricane – though it is expected to rapidly intensify to a Category 3 by Tuesday.
No warnings or watches have been issued as of Monday afternoon.
Ariana Baio18 September 2023 23:00
Hurricane Nigel may weaken on Wednesday
The National Hurricane Center predicted Hurricane Nigel to potentially weaken after becoming a major hurricane on Wednesday.
“Nigel is forecast to rapidly strengthen into a major hurricane on Tuesday,” the NHC wrote in an advisory on Monday afternoon.
They added: “A gradual weakening trend could start on Wednesday.”
Ariana Baio18 September 2023 22:00
How are hurricanes classified?
When a tropical depression reaches sustained winds between 74 and 95 miles per hour it is officially classified as a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
After that, hurricanes can reach up to a Category 5 depending on its sustained winds, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Category 1 – Winds of 74 to 95 mph. “Very dangerous winds will produce some damage.”
Category 2 – Winds of 96 to 110 mph. “Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage.”
Category 3 – Winds of 111 to 129 mph. “Devastating damage with occur.”
Category 4 – Winds of 130 to 156 mph. “Catastrophic damage will occur.”
Category 5 – Winds of 157 mph or higher. “Catastrophic damage will occur.”
Ariana Baio18 September 2023 21:00
Why destructive hurricanes often start with the letter ‘I’
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issues alphabetical lists of names to label hurricanes each year – one for each of the world’s three oceanic regions.
Ariana Baio18 September 2023 20:00
Watch: Timelapse of Nigel going from tropical depression to hurricane
Ariana Baio18 September 2023 19:15
National Hurricane Center says no warnings in effect
In their latest update on Hurricane Nigel, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the location of the storm does not affect land.
As of 11am ET on Monday, there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect regarding Hurricane Nigel.
Though it is currently a Category 1 and expected to rapidly intensify, the storm’s expect path is to remain in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Ariana Baio18 September 2023 18:40