Satellites track 5 storms as hurricane season intensifies


Hurricane Fiona intensified into a Category 4 storm after destroying power grids across Puerto Rico earlier this week, and meteorologists are also monitoring Tropical Storm Gaston and three other areas of low air pressure that could develop into hurricanes in the next few days.

According to space, all five of these regions are visible in a single image captured by the GOES 16 meteorological satellite from a point 22,000 miles (36,000 km) above Earth.

Hurricane Fiona, the first major hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic season, formed west of Barbados and Martinique in mid-September and quickly picked up energy as it tracked westward over warm Caribbean waters.

Fiona reached hurricane status on Sunday (September 19), when it hit Puerto Rico, then continued to strengthen as it moved over the Dominican Republic, bringing torrential rain and strong winds.

A nighttime image shared on Twitter by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and captured earlier that day by the NOAA 20 satellite, revealed that Puerto Rico was still mostly in darkness three days after Fiona passed, in reference to The extent of damage to the power grid.

Fiona reached the intensity of a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130 mph (215 km/h) and maximum sustained winds of 160 mph (259 km/h) according to Accuweather.

Fiona will then continue its northbound journey at a safe distance from the east coast of the United States, but will make landfall in eastern Canada this weekend as a Category 2 hurricane with sustained wind speeds of 100 mph (157 km/h) and a maximum wind gust of 121 mph. time (195 km/h).

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