Tropical Storm Kate has become a hurricane

© RIA Novosti. Denis Voroshilov

Tropical storm "Kate", formed Tuesday in the eastern Atlantic Ocean on Thursday morning turned into a hurricane, according to the website of the National Hurricane Warning Center USA.

According to forecasters, the speed of the winds accompanying the cyclone on Thursday night exceeded 120 kilometers per hour, which can be regarded as "Katya" hurricane.

How destructive hurricane will yet difficult to speak. Meteorologists do not even dare to say that the storm will be able to reach the mainland. Currently, "Kate" is more than three thousand miles to the east of the U.S. coast. Tropical storms are named when the speed of an accompanying wind reaches 62 miles per hour.

The name "Kate" has replaced the list of names in constant storms and hurricanes infamous "Katrina", which in 2005 was the most destructive hurricane in U.S. history. Then the elements in the country claimed the lives of nearly two thousand people and almost completely destroyed the city of New Orleans in Louisiana.

For the Atlantic basin hurricane, there are six alphabetical lists — each of the 21 named — who are six years in a row, and then repeat. If a hurricane is particularly devastating, the name given to it, is deleted from the list and replaced by another. Thus, the name "Katrina" forever removed from the list of meteorologists.

Storm becomes a hurricane when wind speed exceeds 119 kilometers per hour. Last weekend on the east coast of the U.S. hit a tropical storm "Irene". His victims were 38 people, and the damage, according to experts, could reach $ 20 billion.

According to RIA Novosti.

Source: Voice of Russia.

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