Danielle becomes 2022's first Atlantic hurricane

Danielle evolved into a category 1 hurricane; it is the first of the 2022 season in the Atlantic. Due to its remoteness, it does not represent danger for Mexico.

Danielle becomes 2022's first Atlantic hurricane
In 2022, the first Atlantic storm is named Danielle. Credit: CONAGUA Clima

Tropical Storm Danielle intensified into a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, becoming the first of the 2022 season to form in the Atlantic Ocean. The National Meteorological Service (SMN) announced that the center of Danielle is located 1,425 kilometers (km) west of the Azores Islands, and 4,550 km northeast of Cabo Catoche, Quintana Roo.

Due to its remoteness, the hurricane does not represent any danger for Mexico and according to SMN forecasts, it could intensify to category 2 on Sunday, September 4, but it will take more distance from our country.

Next week Danielle could remain a hurricane as it continues its advance through the Atlantic, a basin where only tropical storms have formed in the 2022 season.

Tropical Storm Danielle formed on September 1, more than four thousand kilometers from Quintana Roo, and was formed from Tropical Depression "Cinco" in the Atlantic basin.

Hurricane Danielle could intensify further in the Atlantic Ocean

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) explained that Danielle has maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (km/h), is moving west, and is expected to turn northeast early next week. The NHC indicated that the hurricane will probably strengthen even more in the coming days, although no coastal watches or warnings have been issued because it is far from the United States.

During the 2022 cyclone season, three tropical storms have formed: "Alex", "Bonnie" and "Colin", but none of them intensified into hurricanes, making Danielle the first of the year in the Atlantic basin. While in the Pacific, storms "Blas", "Celia", "Darby", "Estelle", "Frank", "Georgette", "Howard", "Ivette", "Javier" and "Agatha" have formed, the only one to make landfall in Mexico as a category 2 hurricane.