Published On: Thu, Oct 31st, 2019

Hurricane tracker: Tropical storm Rebekah ferocious path across Atlantic MAPPED | World | News

The Atlantic hurricane season stretches from June 1 to November 30, and despite a flurry of activity and then relative peace across the ocean, another tropical storm is picking up speed. Subtropical storm Rebekah is tracking through the Atlantic ocean, and as of the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) latest update is located around 535 miles west-northwestward of the Azores.

The 5am AST (11am GMT) update recorded Rebekah as having wind speeds of 45mph with higher gusts.

The storm is moving east-northeastward at a rate of 21mph and this general motion is expected to continue today.

A turn back toward the east and east-southeast is anticipated tonight and on Friday.

The NHC reports some strengthening might be seen today but currently, little change is forecast.

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In 2019, the Atlantic Hurricane season has so far seen 19 total depressions, 17 total storms, six hurricanes, of which three were major hurricanes.

The first of the major hurricanes was hurricane Dorian in August, which reached a staggering Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Wind scale, packing winds of 185mph at its peak intensity.

It impacted the Windward Islands, Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, The Northwestern Bahamas, East Coast of the United States, Eastern Canada and caused damage of around $8billion (£6.17billion).

The Bahamas were the worst hit, with clean up ongoing.

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The next strong hurricane was Hurricane Humberto, which reached Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale, with winds of 125mph at its peak.

In September Humberto hit Hispaniola, Cuba, Bahamas, Southeastern United States, Bermuda, Atlantic Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

It caused damage of less than $1million (£770,000).

One person was reported to have died following hurricane Humberto.

The third most powerful hurricane of this season so far was Hurricane Lorenzo which formed on September 23 and churned until October 2.

Lorenzo reached maximum sustained wind speed of 160mph at its peak, making it a Category 5 on the Saffir Simpson Wind Scale.

The deadly storm impacted West Africa, Cape Verde, Azores, Ireland and the United Kingdom, and caused damage of $362million (£279.35million).

Lorenzo was also responsible for the deaths of 16 people.

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