Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

Hurricane tracker: Tropical storm NAMED – will Chantal reach New York? Latest path tracker | World | News

Hurricane season is well and truly underway, with a number of hurricanes forming over the Atlantic basin already this year. But now experts are closely monitoring a newly discovered Tropical Storm Chantal, the latest named storm of 2019. But will Tropical Storm Chantal hit land?

Where is Tropical Storm Chantal?

Tropical Storm Chantal is located in the north Atlantic Ocean.

According to AccuWeather, an area of low pressure located more than 450 miles southeast of Halifax, in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, has intensified into Tropical Storm Chantal on Tuesday night.

Predictions suggest Chantal will track to the east, and then south-southeast across the open Atlantic through the week.

AccuWeather said meteorologists will also be monitoring a few other areas which could potentially develop in the Atlantic basin in the days to come.

According to The Weather Channel, Tropical Storm Chantal is not a threat to any land areas.

Why could there be more hurricanes than ever before in 2019?

The latest development of Tropical Storm Chantal is one of many systems to have formed over the last few weeks.

On August 8, NOAA issued a forecast report for this year’s hurricane season.

The agency predicts an “above-normal” hurricane season, suggesting a greater number of storms will hit in 2019.

The Atlantic hurricane season produces 12 named storms on average, with 6 becoming hurricanes – and three being classed as major.

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If estimates are correct, as many as 17 named storms could develop this year.

Acting NOAA administrator, Neil Jacobs, Ph.D, said: “NOAA will continue to deliver the information that the public depends on before, during and after any storms throughout the hurricane season.

“Armed with our next-generation satellites, sophisticated weather models, hurricane hunter aircraft, and the expertise of our forecasters, we are prepared to keep communities informed to help save lives and livelihoods.”

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