Published On: Mon, May 18th, 2020

Hurricane tracker: ‘Intense’ storms spark weather warnings – maps and satellite images | World | News

Two dangerous storms are currently churning around the world – starting hurricane season early this year. There are storm warnings in place across the southeastern United States and India, as storms track towards the warning areas.

Tropical Storm Arthur is the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and is being closely monitored by forecasters from the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) and local meteorologists.

North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry said of Storm Arthur: “This early season storm reminds us that we always need to be prepared for severe weather.”

Elsewhere in the Bay of Bengal, the first named storm of the Pacific hurricane season – Cyclone Amphan – was recorded as intensifying by 110 mph in just 36 hours.

Meteorologist Alex Lamers said on Twitter: “That would certainly put it in a rare class of rapid intensification events globally.” Below are details of both weather systems, the latest satellite images and maps.

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Tropical Storm Arthur

Tropical storm Arthur is the first named storm of the season, and is tracking close to eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, where it is forecast to bring rain and gusty winds on Monday.

As of the latest National Hurricane Centre (NHC) update, Arthur was centered around 55 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and is moving to the northeast at a rate of 16mph.

The NHC reports maximum sustained winds are near 50mph with higher gusts.

Maximum significant wave height has been recorded as reaching 54 feet high.

The track of landfall is predicted around the Ganges River Delta and could be life threatening for millions in northeast India and Bangladesh.

The Indian state of Odisha has issued high alerts for 12 coastal districts and neighboring West Bengal, which is located on India’s border with Bangladesh, has sounded a cyclone alert in its six coastal districts.

This includes Kolkata, which is one of India’s most densely populated cities with more than 4.4 million inhabitants.

According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) animated enhanced infrared satellite imagery shows an expansive system, spanning 600NM across, which has continued to consolidate with super-dense, deep and symmetrical central convection.

The JTWC also reports the cyclone has maintained a sharply outlined 11.5-mile wide round eye.

The microwave image also shows an eyewall replacement cycle taking place, with two distinct concentric eyewalls, with the JTWC report is typical for very intense cyclones.

The JTWC forecast Amphan will continue to track “generally northward in the Bay of Bengal along the Western Periphery of the near-equatorial ridge to the East”.

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