Hurricane Willa

Alexis Caban, Reporter

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It has been an intense hurricane season this year, many states have been destroyed and flooded, and now it is affecting areas around the U.S including Mexico. CNN has confirmed that NOAA added that, “there is a 75% chance that the 2018 season will see near or more than the average number of storms in the basin.”

This information is pretty concerning to hear, some areas are still recovering from the storms of 2017, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas are still struggling from Hurricane Maria almost a year later. There has been recent news of a category five hurricane, named Willa, heading towards Mexico that will cause, “life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall” to hit its Pacific coast. The hurricane is expected to weaken to a Category 3 once it hits land.

The storm developed rapidly from a tropical storm to where it’s at now only over a two day period. Rainfall is expected to reach up to 18 inches. It has caused a danger to weather researchers too, the Hurricane Hunters were forced to turn around after being struck by lightning in Willa’s outer band, this will cause difficulties while trying to report on the storms changes and patterns. After Willa is another suspected storm, Tropical Storm Vicente but it will be a lot less threatening and become a tropical depression by the time it makes landfall. Flights to and from Mexico are being cancelled to protect customer’s safety. CNN reported that these storms add to the “most active hurricane season on record.”

Climate change has been the underlying factor of why the season is getting worse. It has caused warmer ocean waters which hurricanes develop and feed off of. The hurricane reached Mexico’s coast Tuesday, October 23rd 2018. The storm is said to have knocked out power to more than 100,000 homes in Sinaloa. It contained winds of 120 miles per hour and more than 4000 people were evacuated from their homes. More hurricanes are expected within the end of the year, even though the temperatures are getting somewhat cooler. As a society, everyone needs to do their part to aid people in need from these disasters and improve our environment so these types of storms can go back to average or better, below average.