Hurricane Dorian has strengthened in its race to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and has already become a category 1 hurricane with winds reaching 110 kilometers per hour. The US government has announced an emergency declaration for the Caribbean island which was earlier devastated by hurricane Maria in 2017. The measure was adopted after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared the hurricane alert.

The alert was also taken in Florida. According to meteorological department it could arrive in Florida as a category 3 in the Labor Day holiday weekend during that time millions of people travel mainly to seaside resorts.

The emergency declaration issued by President Donald Trump authorizes the Department of Internal Security and the Federal Agency for Emergency Management to provide assistance and coordinate relief in the event of damage caused by the hurricane.

Heavy damage is expected in the central Florida Atlantic coast in coming days if the Hurricane Dorian continue with the same wind speed.

Facts About Hurricane Dorian

  • Expected to run from 1st June to 30 November, Hurricane Dorian is the fourth storm of this year which is named.
  • On Aug 23 the low pressure system of Dorian was formed which turned into tropical storm on August 25 and on August 28 it turned into hurricane.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted the normal tropical storm activity in 2019 for Atlantic Ocean.
  • The number of storms in a season are around 12. Out of which six are hurricanes with wind speed of more than 110 mph.

What’s the difference between a Hurricane and tropical storm?

A tropical storm has wind speeds between 39 mph and 73 mph. A hurricane’s wind speeds range between 74 mph and 110 mph.

Hurricanes have various categories. The Hurricanes which have wind speed between 74 to 95 and 96 to 110 mph per hour, falls in category 1 and 2. And Hurricanes which have wind speed more than 110 mph falls in category 3 considered major hurricanes.

On the other hand tropical storms cause less damage as the speed is between 39 mph and 73 mph.