The National Hurricane Center has issued simultaneous advisories for three hurricanes--Hurricane Gaston in the north Atlantic Ocean, and Hurricanes Lester and Madeline in the eastern Pacific.
As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, Hurricane Gaston had reached category 2 level with maximum winds of 100 miles per hour, and it's expected to maintain that strength over the next couple of days. The cyclone was located was about 630 miles east of Bermuda. The forecast calls for it to turn toward the northeast, and so far, it presents no hazard to people on land.
"Gaston remains a well-organized hurricane," NHC forecaster Jack Beven explained Monday morning in an press release. "However, the satellite appearance is slightly less impressive than 6 hours ago, with the eye becoming less distinct and the deep convection eroding in the northwestern quadrant."
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Meanwhile, in the eastern Pacific, Lester, a category 3 hurricane, was about 1,290 miles west of the southern tip of Baja California, with winds of 125 miles per hour. And another category 3 hurricane, Hurricane Madeline, was expected to pass near Hawaii midweek Lester is expected to continue moving westward for the next couple of days, but again, no hazard to coastal areas is predicted, according to the NHC forecast.
Though hurricanes form both in the Atlantic and Pacific, the Atlantic ones strike the U.S. East Coast slightly less than twice a year on average, while the Pacific ones almost never hit the West Coast. As NOAA hurricane researcher Chris W. Landsea explained in a Scientific American article, hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere tend to form at tropical and subtropical latitudes and move toward the north-northwest.
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That pattern brings Atlantic hurricanes toward the U.S. East Coast, but carries Pacific hurricanes farther offshore, away from the West Coast.
Additionally, the warm waters of the Gulf Stream provide thermal energy to sustain Atlantic hurricanes, but the cooler waters along the U.S. West Coast actually reduce a storm's strength.
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