Friday, October 07, 2022

Subtropical Storm Wanda wraps up the ABC of hurricane season

Last names for hurricane season this year are Victor and Wanda.

MIAMI (AP) — Subtropical Hurricane Wanda has formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and with that, forecasters are again at the end of the English alphabet, with a month still to go this Atlantic hurricane season.

Wanda has barely strengthened since forming on Saturday, reaching top sustained winds of 45 mph, and posing no threat to land. Forecasters predicted on Monday that it would turn around for several days before turning any coast.

More notable is that along with Wanda, the US National Hurricane Center has now used its initial list of 21 named storms for the second year in a row.

Subtropical Storm Wanda is visible in the North Atlantic in this satellite image from Sunday.

NOAA – GOES-East/Tribune News Service

Names beginning with Q, U, X, Y and Z are considered very difficult to pronounce when it comes to storm warnings. And don’t expect alpha to omega if there are still more storms to come: The World Meteorological Organization voted this year to retire the Greek alphabet as too confusing.

Instead a separate, supplementary list of names has been approved, from Adria to Will.

Last week a nor’easter battered the Atlantic coast with hurricane-force winds and left more than half a million homes and businesses in New England without electricity:


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