Four systems are currently churning over the South Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has warned that for some of these systems tropical cyclone formation could be possible in the coming days.
Where is there cyclone activity right now?
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has issued two Tropical Cyclone Formation Alerts for the southern hemisphere.
In its latest notice, the JTWC state the “formation of a significant tropical cyclone is possible” for a system currently classed as 90P.
The system currently has winds estimated between 23 to 29 mph (20 to 25 knots).
JTWC stated the system is churning approximately 254 miles (221 nautical miles) west of Honiara, Solomon Islands.
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System 91S is also under a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert by the JTWC.
The system is tracking approximately 388 miles (338 nautical miles) southwest of Diego Garcia.
The JTWC notes: “Global models are in good agreement that 91S will track southeastward, becoming more symmetric and intensifying within the next 36 hours.”
Two other systems, 92P and 98P are also being monitored.
According to Cyclocane, 98P was located approximately 108 miles (94 nautical miles) northwest of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea as of the latest advisory.
System 92P was last tracking approximately 391 miles (340 nautical miles) west-northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu.
When is the Atlantic hurricane season?
The Atlantic hurricane season is due to start in a few months time, and typically runs between June and November every year.
The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season marked a year of above-average activity and was one of the most active seasons on modern record.
Storms in 2019 included Hurricane Lorenzo and Humberto, in addition to devastating Category 5 Hurricane Dorian.
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Dorian caused widespread destruction to the Bahamas, reaching one-minute sustained wind speeds of 185mph.
According to AccuWeather, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be “above-normal”.
Dan Kottlowksi, AccuWeather’s top hurricane expert, said: “It’s going to be an above-normal season.
“On a normal year, we have around 12 storms, six hurricanes and roughly three major hurricanes.”
Mr Kottlowksi added: “Forecasts will give you an idea of how active it might be, but all it takes is one storm to make landfall in your area to cause serious and life-threatening problems.
“Go back to last year with Dorian and Imelda.
“Those were two very, very high-impact storms.
“This year, more than likely, we’ll get hit with one or two big storms and we don’t know specifically where that is, so if you live near a coast or on an island, have a hurricane plan in place.”
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