Hurricane season, "above normal" 1:43
The first tropical storm of the 2021 eastern Pacific hurricane season has formed off the west coast of Mexico.
The system was developed a week before the official start of the eastern Pacific hurricane season, which begins on May 15.
This is not the first time that a tropical system has developed before the official start of the hurricane season.
The eastern Pacific has had a tropical depression or tropical storm form before the official season in three of the last five years.
This system was formed on Friday and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicated that there is a 70% chance of development for this storm during the next 48 hours.
"Conditions are ripe for further development of this system over the next day, and a short-lived tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form tonight or Sunday," the hurricane center said Saturday morning. .
The storm is unlikely to hit land.
However, if it becomes a tropical storm — as forecast this weekend — the first name on the list of cyclones for the Pacific is "Andres."
Hurricane season starts early
The Pacific is not the only ocean basin that has experienced pre-season tropical activity in recent years. Over the past six years, the Atlantic has also named at least one form of tropical system before the official start of the season, on June 1.
Another above-average Atlantic hurricane season is expected this year.
That is why the National Hurricane Center has decided that starting this year it will issue its routine “tropical climate forecast” exercise beginning May 15, in order to better serve communities affected by early tropical systems. seasonal.
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Regardless of which ocean basin you live in, it only takes one storm to make the season impactful.
Therefore, it is crucial to start preparing for the hurricane season.
That can be done by reviewing your evacuation plans and making sure your supply kit is up to date.
Some of the areas that were severely affected in 2020 may still be recovering, and some roads or bridges could also remain under repair.
"You can also make a list of items to replenish emergency hurricane supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the next hurricane season," said the hurricane center.
It only takes one storm to change your life and community.
If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared.
Learn how during Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 9-15, 2021).
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National Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 9-15, with daily themes that will help people plan for the upcoming hurricane season.