2021 Tropical Season

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A woman removes umbrellas from the beach as strong waves reach the coast due to Hurricane Grace, which has reached category 2, in Boca del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico, on August 20, 2021. – Grace regained hurricane strength Friday as it barreled towards Mexico for a second time, triggering warnings of flooding and mudslides in mountains on the eastern mainland.

Clay Olderham, Staff Writer

Cyclone Seroja being one of, if not the most disastrous storms in 2021. Seroja began forming in early April 2021 between Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Seroja spread across a 621 mile radius with 105mph winds. Seroja ripped through Indonesia, unfortunately killing at least 181 people, injuring at least 271 people, causing landslides, and damaging at least 60,000 housing units. (reliefweb.int) After Seroja ran its course through Indonesia, the cyclone then moved to Western Australia damaging at least 70% of the housing units in its path (McGowan).

 The Atlantic has also had a devastating tropical storm season in 2021. The first storm of the 2021 tropical storm season Tropical storm Ana (May 19- 23) marking the seventh consecutive year of an early start to the hurricane season. Ana formed 175 miles northeast of the Bermuda with 45 miles per hour winds, fortunately not causing any major damage or harming anyone in the way.

 The second storm of the season, Tropical Storm Bill, forming 240 miles northeast of Massachusetts (Bacon) came in with 50 miles per hour winds, moving at 31 miles per hour. Shortly after forming Storm Bill began the state of tropical depression, eventually dissipating off the map.

 Almost the most fatal of the season, Hurricane Grace recently came through Mexico. Hurricane Grace came through the Yucatan Peninsula with as much as 73 miles per hour winds, and flooding certain areas with up to 18 inches of rain (McCloud).

Hurricane Grace as it approaches landfall

Grace has also run its wrath through recently earthquake-struck Haiti. On top of Haiti’s earthquake death toll rising to nearly 2,000 people and nearly 10,000 people being injured, Grace also came through and dumped 5-10 inches of rain with a possibility of 15 inches in certain locations, flooding the area. 

Tropical Storm Fred had come down to a tropical depression. After forming on the Coast of Puerto Rico,  it began to die back down to a tropical depression. After moving through its path, the storm began to pick back up and move towards the northwest. Fred struck North Carolina bringing more than 10 inches of rain, destroying or damaging 10-15 bridges, flooding schools, homes, stores, and causing the presumed deaths of 20 people (Krueger). Fred has also spawned several tornadoes in the state of Georgia.

Tropical Storms Fred and Henri are now heading north, meteorologists predict that the storms will come through the northeast. 65 miles per hour winds have been stirring up to the east of the predicted storm locations. It is predicted that storms Henri and Fred will reach New England by sunday morning with strong winds, heavy rain, and rising storm surges (Simcox).

As the 2021 tropical storm/hurricane season slowly begins to die down in certain areas, the NOAA has already predicted in their 2022 forecast that there will be at least 19 total storms, bringing at least 5 hurricanes, and at least 3 major hurricanes. NOAA has predicted that there will be “a 60% chance for an above-normal hurricane season” in the Atlantic, which means there is more than half a chance for the hurricane season to be worse than it is normally expected (Gaches).