The National Weather Service (SMN) reported that in the early morning of this Sunday, September 19, it was formed in the Atlantic Ocean Tropical Storm Peter.
The system is located far from Mexico, about 3,500 kilometers from Quintana Roo and 1,015 kilometers from the Leeward Islands. Although in the past days the agency closely monitored the trajectory of the phenomenon due to the possibility that it entered The Caribbean Sea, It seems that his trajectory will be different.
In the next few days, Peter will approach Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Haiti. However, it will not affect the Caribbean countries, since its center will point to the northwest. Instead of going to Central America, it will move to the Bermuda Islands – located at the height of the Carolinas, off the east coast of the United States.
According to the current forecast of the SMN, at least until Friday, September 24 the Cyclon it will stay in the water like a tropical storm, with winds that would not reach hurricane force. By then it will still be south of Bermuda.
At the moment, this is good news and that is that Peter could make his way through the water all the time, without causing damage on land. However, its evolution and course will have to be followed throughout the week.
The phenomenon originated off the coast of Africa and is the 16th cyclone of the 2021 hurricane season in the Pacific Ocean. It registers maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour, with stronger gusts of up to 85 km / h.
Two other systems in the Atlantic
Peter is not the only tropical system moving across the Atlantic. In front of Massachusetts, USA, it is located Odette, which weakened in the last few hours. It will continue on its way to the northeast, so it will not pose a risk to the Mexican territory.
In addition, in front of the African coastline, Tropical Depression Seventeen. This will not affect the country either because it will move north, towards the Central Atlantic. It will become a tropical storm throughout the morning of this Sunday.
From the SMN they recalled through a statement that September and October are the most dangerous months of the season, being the period in which a greater number of events is concentrated.
“In September and October there is the transition from summer to autumn, and there are cold fronts and cold air masses from the United States and Canada. When they collide with a tropical cyclone, they cause the trajectories of these to become erratic, and even park for several days, causing severe damage to the populations. Meanwhile, when colliding with the mountains of the Sierra Madre Oriental, cyclones cause strong runoff, increased flows in rivers and floods. “
In the last 50 years, 271 tropical cyclones have hit Mexico. Of that total, 171 entered the national territory from Pacific Oceanwhile 100 came through the waters of the Atlantic.
The entity that has received the highest number of impacts is Baja California Sur. In that state, 47 systems touched down in the last five decades – the last of them was Olaf, who entered Los Cabos on Thursday, September 9. They are followed by Veracruz, with 36; Sinaloa and Quintana Roo, both with 33; Tamaulipas, with 24; and Sonora, with 18.
“This high incidence of tropical cyclone impacts is due to the fact that Mexico is located in the area of influence of four important areas that generate these phenomena: the Gulf of Tehuantepec, the Campeche Sound, the eastern Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic.”
In addition, cyclones originating in northwestern Africa occasionally cross the Atlantic Ocean bound for the Caribbean Sea and impact the eastern coasts of Mexico.
“Within these 50 years of intense cyclonic activity, adding the systems of the Northeast Pacific and the Atlantic, 2020 is the year in which more tropical cyclones have formed, with 52, followed by 2005, with 47 and 1978, with 42 systems. ”Added the SMN.