Both the Pacific as well as the Atlantic Oceans are currently active with seven storms in the form of depressions, hurricanes or typhoons fueling in them. While some of these are catastrophic enough to cause massive destruction, there are others who will meet their ends in the sea itself. Out of these storms, two of them are brewing in the Western Pacific Ocean, two in the Eastern Pacific, and three of these are in the North Atlantic Ocean.
It is the Atlantic Ocean which has a Godzilla storm brewing at the moment, which may pound some parts of the United States with mammoth rains.
Typhoon Mangkhut: The Typhoon Mangkhut which is in the Western Pacific Ocean is currently in the open seas and is expected to follow a westerly direction, following a west north-west track. The system is likely to brush the Northern Philippines region causing some heavy rains over these areas. The eye of Typhoon is passing through Rota and is expected to cause significant rains over Guam and Siapan.
Tropical Depression 27: The tropical depression 27 is expected to become a Tropical Storm moving in a western direction causing some rainfall over Southeast China. The system will move across Luzon Strait at a slow pace, before moving west at about 12 kmph and entering the northern part of the South China Sea later. Due to the system, some rainfall activity is expected over Hongkong and adjoining areas. Thereafter, there is also a possibility of the system crossing Myanmar and staying as a cyclonic circulation over Bay of Bengal giving some rains over eastern and northeastern parts of the country.
Hurricane Olivia: Hurricane Olivia is expected to move in a westward direction giving heavy rains over many parts of Hawaii and even cause flooding in some as the system is likely to move through and through Hawaii. The hurricane will continue to be a Category 1 Hurricane while it moves into the sea and lash the islands as a tropical storm. A storm watch has already been issued for Hawaii Island along with islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Kahoolawe.
Tropical Storm Paul: Another tropical storm in the Eastern Pacific Ocean is the Storm Paul which is expected to move west northwestward and in the next two days will weaken into a depression and low-pressure area meeting its end in the sea itself.
Hurricane Florence: Hurricane Florence at the moment is a Category 1 storm is expected to see a rapid intensification and the system will soon become a Category 4 hurricane. The hurricane is likely to affect several parts of South Carolina as well as North Carolina with catastrophic rains over these areas. The storm is the deadliest of all the present storms with a wind speed of 250 kmph, storm surge of about 10 feet, and has the potential of pounding rains of 500 mm in 24 hours. The storm is likely to hit the coast on Thursday.
Hurricane Isaac: Hurricane Isaac is also another storm brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. However, the storm will not be as powerful as Florence. The system is expected to follow a westward direction affecting the Caribbean States. Isaac is likely to approach the Lesser Antilles as a hurricane on Thursday. However, the system will further weaken over the Caribbean Sea and will become a tropical storm again by Friday.
Hurricane Helene: Close behind Isaac is the Hurricane Helene which became a Cat 1 Hurricane yesterday. The storm may become a cat 2 hurricane for some time and moving into the northwest and north-northwest track and weaken into the sea itself.
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