Lee and Nigel have already lost hurricane status, but not before being noticed in the British archipelago
Hurricanes Nigel and Lee may be history, but their consequences are still being felt not only in North America but also in Europe. This is the third time in just a month that the impact of North Atlantic cyclones has reached European shores, after post-cyclonic Storm Franklin was felt on the peninsula.
The turning point of the British Isles. Heavy rainfall occurs in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Although the situation has calmed down, the British authorities are maintaining their flood warnings.
Behind these rains lies a succession of hurricanes Lee and Nigel. Although both have now lost hurricane status, their impacts continue to be felt in the North Atlantic.
“Almost normal” season. On the eve of this hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted a near-normal hurricane season, just slightly more intense than usual.
However, in recent weeks, storms associated with three hurricanes (Franklin, Lee and Nigel) have reached European shores. Unlike Lee and Nigel, Franklin approached Europe via the Iberian Peninsula, reaching the Galician coast just days after the last DANA’s passage.
How does it affect us? It is possible that the series of storms will bring rain to the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula next week. The British Isles will bear the brunt of these storms, but associated rain is likely to reach the coast of Galicia again.
According to the models of the European Center for Medium-Range Forecasting (ECMWF), the rainfall associated with this hurricane sequence could reach the northwest of the peninsula. Although these rains will not be as intense as these days in the British Isles, it is still too early to say with certainty what will happen next week.
In any case, it is not expected that the storms will reach the north of Europe and will only hit the southwest of the continent “with lightning speed”. The Canary Islands were also able to “escape” the influence of these storms.
It’s Ofelia’s turn. Hurricane season isn’t over yet, and as Lee and Nigel make their presence felt in Europe, another storm could gain hurricane status: Ophelia.
Tropical Cyclone Number 16 is being monitored by NOAA, an agency that estimates the chance of the storm developing into a hurricane in the coming days at more than 60%.
Ofelia is located off the coast of the state of Georgia and is moving north, following a route similar to that of Lee. This future cyclone is expected to move along the East Coast of the United States, reaching the northeast of the country according to the latest forecasts and potentially causing flooding in the region.