This is one of the most incredible images I’ve seen in a while — and I see a lot of images… It shows four hurricane-strength storms churning up across the vast Pacific Ocean at the same time. It is quite a picture.
The image was taken at 00:00 UTC (8:00 pm EST) and has captured Typhoon Halong, Hurricane Genevieve, Hurricane Iselle and Hurricane Julion simultaneously raging in the ocean and far from land. Since then, however, Iselle has traveled some distance and is set to unleash its force on Hawaii as Halong is set to do on Japan. Julian Heming, a tropical prediction scientist at the U.K. Met Office, said:
I can’t remember the last time when there were four storms of such intensity travelling the Pacific Ocean at the same time. Ocean temperatures in the Eastern Pacific are a little bit above average and that has helped storms to strengthen the storms a bit more.
As Iselle is set to become the first hurricane to make a direct hit on Hawaii in 22 years, Mike Cantin, a meteorologist with the US National Weather Service, said:
What ended up happening is the storm has resurged just enough to keep its hurricane strength. Not a major hurricane, but definitely enough to blow things around.
Coming on Iselle’s heels Julio who has strengthened into a Category 2 storm, with winds of up to 55 mph. Mr. Heming said:
The physical size in terms of its diameter that you see in the image doesn’t necessarily tell us how intense it is at the center. For instance, Halon in the West Pacific is the largest in terms of how size, and Genevieve is one of the most compact but also the strongest.
In Japan, Halong is expected to make landfall on Saturday with winds of between 85 to 100 mph. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. The Pacific Ocean hosts a quartet of tropical cyclones — from left to right — Typhoon Halong, Hurricane Genevieve (which kept travelling west to become Typhoon Genevieve), Hurricane Iselle, and Hurricane Julio.
2. The image, taken at 00:00 UTC (8 pm EST), shows the storms far from land — but they have since travelled and are about to unleash their force on Hawaii and Japan.
3. Typhoon Halong shown at 00:00 UTC (8:00 pm EST) on 6 August 2014 as it gradually makes its way towards Japan. The country is bracing itself for high waves and heavy rain this weekend, where Halong is forecast to make landfall. Halong will hit Kyushu Saturday local time and slam into western Shikoku Saturday evening.
4. Hurricane Iselle pictured over the Pacific Ocean, where it is moving gradually westwards towards Hawai’i. Iselle is described by the National Hurricane Center as an annular hurricane, because it has a large symmetrical eye with relatively little convection to create rain bands outside the center.
And here is the video:
Source: The Mail Online.
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