AccuWeather Inc. today boosted its forecast for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season to 18 to 21 named storms, up from 16 to 18, and said least three will move through the region affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Igor, downgraded from a tropical storm to a depression off the Cape Verde Islands, is still forecast to strengthen into a hurricane as it moves across the Atlantic and may become a “monster,” forecasters said.
Residents and businesses along the Gulf of Mexico face a weekend of watching and planning as the season’s first tropical depression formed off the Yucatan Peninsula and threatens to become a tropical storm.
Tropical Storm Alex picked up strength today as it churned toward the Texas-Mexico border, forcing the evacuation of some offshore rigs while pushing swells toward the oil slick left by the U.S.’s worst spill.
A low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico that will probably strengthen into a storm within two days is shutting down some oil and gas output, while Katia weakened to a tropical storm in the Atlantic.
Blizzards, droughts, floods and a surge in hurricanes may be in store as a cooling trend in the Pacific known as La Nina alters weather around the world and threatens to boost prices for heating fuels and crops.