MOSCOW, September 16 — RIA Novosti. Meteorologists on Friday declared a storm warning on the coast of the Canadian island of Newfoundland with the approach of a hurricane, "Maria", according to the American National Center for tracking hurricanes (National Hurricane Center, NHC).
Tropical Storm "Maria" was formed in the western Atlantic Ocean on September 7, becoming the 13th of the season a powerful cyclone. A few days later the storm increased to a hurricane.
Currently, the epicenter of the disaster is about 1000 miles west of Cape Verde and is moving to the northeast at a speed of 70 kilometers per hour. Gust speed accompanying the storm is 128 miles per hour. According to forecasts, the hurricane to pass south-eastern Newfoundland Friday afternoon.
Newfoundland is located at the north-eastern coast of Canada and is a member of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November.
Tropical storms are named when the speed of an accompanying wind reaches 62 miles per hour. Storm becomes a hurricane when wind speed exceeds 119 kilometers per hour. To the hurricane was awarded the first category on the Saffir-Simpson scale, estimating the potential damage from the disaster, its wind speed is 120 kilometers per hour. To go into the second category of hurricane wind speed should exceed 150 kilometers per hour.