‘The sleeping giant is waking up’ Hurricane warning as two storms brew in the Atlantic

Monday, August 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

TWO major storms are brewing over the Atlantic, causing hurricane conditions that could hit the Americas, weather forecasters have warned.

Mon, Aug 7, 2017

One of the storm systems, dubbed 99L, has some of the biggest potential yet of causing a hurricane this year, according to meteorologist Dr Jeff Masters.

Satellite loops show the storm already has a good deal of “spin”, he wrote on his blog Wunderground.

However, he conceded as the potential hurricane travels towards Africa, it could hit dry air and “easily fizzle out.”

Nonetheless, Dr Masters warned: “Keep in mind that we are now in the early portion of the dangerous peak part of the Atlantic hurricane season, and disturbances like today’s 99L are the type of system that often become destructive hurricanes.”

But another storm is also brewing – and this one could come crashing into the Americas.

Dr Michael Ventrice, a tropical meteorologist with IBM/Weather Company, tweeted “the sleeping giant in Atlantic is waking up” in relation to a storm brewing near Cape Verde.

Weather forecasters say 95 per cent of tropical storms over the Atlantic form after August 1.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said: “Cape Verde-type hurricanes are those Atlantic basin tropical cyclones that develop into tropical storms fairly close (<1000 km [600 mi] or so) off the Cape Verde Islands and then become hurricanes before reaching the Caribbean.” The Rest...HERE

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