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Hurricane tracker: Cyclone heading straight for US – Louisiana on tornado watch

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TROPICAL CYCLONES are being monitored in the Atlantic and one storm is now heading straight for the US state of Louisiana. Here are the latest updates.

Two tropical cyclones are currently developing in the Atlantic Ocean. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) one storm, named Tropical Depression 17 for the time being, could make landfall in the US state of Louisiana on Friday night or Saturday morning.

At the same time a non-tropical low is centred a few hundred miles from the western Azores.

There are currently no storms strong enough to be categorised a hurricane, but the Atlantic Hurricane season will run until November 30, 2019.

The season is the fourth consecutive year of above-average, damaging seasons, going back to 2016.

So far this season, there have been three major hurricane, five hurricane, 14 tropical storms and 17 tropical depressions.

Tropical Depression 17 The cyclone is currently packing maximum sustained winds are near 35mph with higher gusts.

Located approximately 320 miles south-southwest of Lake Charles in Louisiana it is moving north at 16mp.

Some strengthening is expected on Friday, and the depression could become a tropical storm.

The storm categories, in increasing strength, are tropical depressions, tropical storm (winds of at least 39 mph) and hurricane.

If Tropical Depression 17 develops it would be renamed Tropical Storm Olga.

The cyclone is then expected to merge with a cold front and become a post-tropical low with gale-force winds tonight before the centre reaches the Gulf coast.

On the NOAA forecast track, the centre of the cyclone should move across the northwestern Gulf of Mexico this afternoon and then move over the northern Gulf coast on Friday night or Saturday morning.

 

This article was originally published on express