Tropical Storm “Omar” forms off the coast of North Carolina, U.S.


Tropical Storm "Omar" formed at 21:00 UTC on September 1, 2020, as the earliest 15th named storm in the Atlantic Ocean. The previous record was set by Ophelia on September 7, 2005.

The storm is moving away from the coast and is expected to be short-lived.

At 21:00 UTC on September 1, Omar's center was located 365 km (225 miles) E of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, U.S. The system had maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h (40 mph) and was moving ENE at 24 km/h (15 mph). Its minimum central pressure was 1 007 hPa.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 95 km (60 miles).

Tropical Depression 15, soon to be named Omar. Image credit: NOAA/GOES-16. Acquired 20:50 UTC on September 1, 2020

"Satellite images show that the system remains sheared with a bursting pattern on satellite, occasionally exposing the center, and a large area of curved bands in the southeastern quadrant of the circulation," NHC forecaster Blake noted.

"The cyclone is being steered by the northern side of the subtropical ridge, which is forecast to cause a similar motion through tomorrow and an eastward turn late this week due to the orientation of the ridge. The remnant low should dissipate in 4 – 5 days."

Featured image: Tropical depression 15, soon to be named Omar. Credit: NOAA/GOES-16. Acquired 20:50 UTC on September 1, 2020

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