As Texans begin to pick up the pieces after being left devastated by hurricane Harvey, a new tropical storm has now formed over Atlantic Ocean and is ‘steadily intensifying.’Tropical storm Irma is currently located over far eastern Atlantic Ocean and is expected to become a hurricane by Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) told in its latest advisory on Wednesday.The storm is located about 480 miles west of Cape Verde Islands and is packing maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour, the NHC said.
The present movement is west at 13 mph and general movement is expected to continue for the next few days.’There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect,’ Miami-based weather forecaster added.In addition, officials said Irma poses no immediate threat to land at this moment, but it’s too early to tell if Irma will hit United States.The storm is expected to take about a week to cross Atlantic Ocean.Irma is now ninth named storm this busy hurricane season.
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration forecasters told Atlantic Ocean’s 2017 hurricane season will likely be above normal, with 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to four major storms.Texas Governor Greg Abbott has warned residents that the worst of Hurricane Harvey is not over and that it will take months for state to recover from its devastating floods.’The worst is not yet over as far as rain goes for southeast Texas. There’s more to come,’ he told at a press conference on Wednesday where he described the catastrophe as being ‘far larger’ than Katrina or Sandy.
In what experts are describing as worst natural disaster in US history, more than 30,000 people are in shelters across Texas and at least 31 people have been killed as a result of devastating floods.In one area of Houston alone there were another 17 deaths reported on Wednesday.The death toll is expected to rise dramatically as waters recede. ‘I’m worried about how many bodies we’re going to find,’ Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told on Tuesday as he mourned the loss of one of his own officers who drowned trying to get to work.The cost of damage, which includes 500,000 ruined cars, is likely to total $160 billion. The Texas Department of Safety revealed on Wednesday that 48,700 homes had been impacted by floods.