Tropical Storm Nana Forms Over Caribbean, Threatens Central America


The highly-active 2020 hurricane season rolls on, with Tropical Storm Nana forming to the south of Jamaica. Currently, the tropical storm appears to be angling towards Central America. At present, the storm appears to have sustained maximum windspeeds around 50 MPH. This qualifies it as a tropical storm, but below a Category 1 hurricane.

Nana becomes the fastest storm to be named fourteenth in a hurricane season, beating out Hurricane Nate in 2005. This is similar to several other storms this season, which have been coming at a very rapid pace.

Currently, the only other hurricane season to be as active as 2020, on record, is 2005.

Storm Threatens Central America

Currently, Nana is angling around 18 MPH westward, taking it into a collision course with Central America. The countries of Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras are along the storm’s current path. Additionally, the storm might impact parts of southern Mexico. However, it’s still early to tell where, exactly, the tropical storm may end up when it makes landfall.

Central America is no stranger to tropical storms and hurricanes. The region is bordered by the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, meaning that it’s possible for Central America to be hit by hurricanes from either side. As Nana moves westerly, people in the Central American region should stay vigilant. Should local authorities recommend evacuation, people in the region should seek higher ground and get away from the coast.

Tropical Depressions Continue to Stir

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 15 is now forming over the Atlantic. TD 15 is roughly one hundred miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and has wind speeds up to 35 MPH.

Should the storm become a hurricane, it will be the fifteenth such storm in the Atlantic this season. Thankfully for the US’s East Coast, however, the storm appears to be moving along a northeasterly path.

Under current projections, it appears that Tropical Depression 15 will be carried out over the open waters of the Atlantic instead of making landfall. If its heading changes dramatically, the storm could potentially make landfall in British Columbia, Canada. Should the storm become a hurricane, it would be named Omar.

Extremely Active Hurricane Season

The 2020 hurricane season has been unusually active. At its current pace, this season is expected to burn through all 22 names generated by the NOAA for storms in the season.

Should this happen, the NOAA will do what it did in 2005, and switch to using Greek letters and the current year to identify the storms.

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Jeremy Liu

Jeremy Liu has always been fascinated by extreme weather—but he prefers to write about the world’s deadliest storms from the safety and comfort of his home office. He’s much less likely to get hit with a flying cow that way. (And yes, Jeremy’s favorite movie is Twister.)

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