Tropical Cyclone

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A storm system characterised by a large low-pressure centre and thunderstorms that produce strong winds and heavy rain. More technically, it is a non-frontal synoptic scale cyclone originating over tropical or sub-tropical waters with organised convection and definite cyclonic surface wind circulation
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Maria is expected to become a major hurricane as it moves through the Leeward Islands," the forecaster said, marked by "rapid strengthening" during the next 48 hours.
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The last major hurricane to strike Bermuda was Fabian in September 2003, a Category 3 storm that killed three police officers and another person while causing more than $100 million in damage as it tore off roofs, pulverized trees and flooded famed golf courses.
A major hurricane is considered to be Category 3 or above with winds hitting at least 111 mph (178 kph).
Colorado State University is calling for 10 named storms, four hurricanes, and one major hurricane.
Schools were to stay closed and travel warnings were issued along Mexico's southern Pacific coast on Monday as a region still reeling from record flooding battened down the hatches against a major hurricane moving toward the shore.
Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of CSU, now in its 30th year of issuing seasonal forecasts for the Atlantic basin, continue to estimate a 72 percent chance that at least one of these storms will strengthen to a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) and make landfall somewhere on the U.
Taking current evidence of oceanic temperatures and other factors into account, Klotzbach and Gray estimate a 72-percent chance at least one of these storms will strengthen to a major hurricane and make landfall somewhere on the U.
The NHC said additional strengthening is anticipated as Kenneth plows towards Mexico, and said it could reach major hurricane status over the next day or two.
Gray anticipate well above-average activity for the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, indicating probability of the United States and Caribbean experiencing major hurricane landfall.
National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Earl, which became a Category 2 storm early today, could turn into a major hurricane by tonight or early Tuesday.
Sam Miller, vice president of the Florida Insurance Council, said Citizens likely still won�t have strong reserves and will face reassessments if a major hurricane hits.

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