After a relatively calm hurricane season, the setting seems to have begun to change as signs of a potential cyclone have developed in Atlantic Waters.
As of the moment, it is still early within its development that it is unclear whether or not this cyclone will raise a cause for concern in the mainland. The National Hurricane Center has issued an advisory Thursday of the potential Tropical Cyclone Six within the areas near the Cabo Islands.
In the next 12 to 24 hours, the National Hurricane Center is expecting this Cyclone pattern to create storm conditions for the Cabo Verde Islands of Santiago, Fogo, and Brava.
The NHC states that “the system is currently moving toward the west-northeast near 13mph (20 km/h), and this motion with a light increase in forward speed is expected for the next three to four days”. There is about a 90 % chance for this storm pattern to become a tropical cyclone within the next 5 days.
Residents of the Cabo Verde Islands of Santiago, Fago, and Brava can expect and estimated accumulation of around 2 to 4 inches across the island which may produce life-threatening flash floods in addition to storm level winds. “It is also important to realize that a tropical cyclone is not a point. Their effects can span many hundreds of miles from the center. The area experiencing hurricane force and tropical storm force winds can extend well beyond the white areas indicated in the graphic” (National Hurricane Center).
It is important to keep in mind that a cyclone’s path of damage is not exclusive to the eye of the storm pattern but everything within its surrounding area.
With any storm pattern, it is important consider the damages that it can leave asides from the immediate cyclone itself. Many storm patterns often are accompanied with high winds and heavy rainfall…leaving unfavorable weather conditions for those in its path. One must be prepared to deal with the outcomes of a heavy rainfall and high force winds.
If you live in a region that is subject to cyclone and tropical storm patterns it is imperative that you have a solid evacuation plan, a stock of emergency supplies and rations, and shelter to ensure survivability during emergency scenarios such as a hurricane or tropical storm.
In an immediate emergency scenario, please contact your local emergency personal and stay informed on any evacuation orders provided by your local, state, and or federal government.