Bill, Once a Tropical Storm, Is Expected to Weaken Further

The National Hurricane Center announced that a weather system that had formed hundreds of miles offshore of North Carolina was downgraded from a tropical storm to a posttropical cyclone late Tuesday.

The storm, once Terror Storm Bill, formed late Monday before strengthening as it moved northeastward. It was the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

By 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Bill was located 335 miles east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour,

[Tropical Storm Claudete] formed in June. ]

Meteorologists also watched a weather disturbance in Gulf of Mexico. It was producing thunderstorms, showers, and wind over the Bay of Campeche area and southern Mexico just west of Yucatan Peninsula. It was expected that the system would move northward and eventually become a tropical storm by the end the week. Heavy rains are likely to hit the northern Gulf Coast.

In May, the Atlantic Ocean had its first hurricane season-named storm. Ana, a subtropical storm, developed northeast of Bermuda. It was the seventh year consecutively that a named thunderstorm developed in Atlantic before the official beginning of the season, June 1.

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast that there would be 13 to 20 named storms this year, six to 10 of which would be hurricanes, and three to five major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher in the Atlantic.

Last year, there were thirty named storms. That included six major hurricanes. Meteorologists had to stop using the alphabet for the second straight year and switch to Greek letters. This storm had the most storms ever recorded, surpassing the 28 in 2005. It also included the second-highest record number of hurricanes.

With each passing season, hurricanes become more dangerous and destructive. Climate change is causing stronger storms and more heavy rainfall. Storms can also be slow and meandering. Combining rising seas, slower storms, and stronger storm surges makes for more destructive storm surges.

This hurricane season arrives at a time where resources are already exhausted. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is busy dealing with the Mexican migrant crisis and managing coronavirus vaccination centers in several states. It also continues to manage the recovery process from the string of records disasters that began with Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had approximately 4,000 emergency workers available to respond last month to any new disaster. This is 29 percent more than was available for deployment at the time of Hurricane Harvey.

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