Hurricane season gets active

After a relatively quiet start to the Atlantic tropical storm season, there has been a marked increase in activity over the last week.

Following on from the category four Hurricane Danielle, Earl peaked with gusts in excess of 130 miles an hour and brought destructive winds to the Leeward Islands.

Although it is expected to weaken, Earl is likely to track close to the US and Canadian coast during the rest of the week and bring heavy rain, high winds and rough seas from North Carolina to Nova Scotia.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Fiona is following behind closely, with the prospects of further developments over the tropical Atlantic. 

September is often the busiest months of the year for Atlantic Hurricanes. Earlier this year the Met Office predicted that this season would be one of the most active tropical storm seasons on record, with 20 named tropical storms most likely. 

Met Office forecasters will continue to work with the National Hurricane Center in the USA and provide predictions of the storms to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 

Satellite image of the North Atlantic showing Hurricane Earl and Tropical Storm Fiona

Hurricane Earl (lower left) passing Puerto Rico, Tropical Storm Fiona located to Earl's east, and Tropical Storm Danielle far in the Northern Atlantic taken at 1145GMT on August 31st. The cloud in the far bottom right of the image is an area of possible tropical storm development. (NASA/GOES Project)

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