Hurricane Fiona caused severe flooding, destruction and left entire Puerto Rico without power. According to the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC), the hurricane still qualified as Category 1, despite strong winds of 140 kph.
The event made landfall in the southwest of the country, near Punta Tocón, last Sunday at 3:20 pm (local time). Since then it has been going on and wreaking havoc across the island, prompting the question: When does it end?
about nine days
How long does a hurricane last?
The average duration of a hurricane is about nine days, depending on how close it is to land, so the time can be shorter. If we are close to it, the winds coming from it will be felt for between 2 to 8 hours, although strong storms and winds can continue after the storm has passed.
Why does a storm form?
Hurricanes begin as tropical depressions that gain strength from moisture and warm air of about 30 °C. This is why they are common in the tropics where temperatures are high throughout the year.
A tropical depression officially becomes a hurricane when its winds reach speeds of 120 km/h. This complex of clouds rotates at high speed around a central axis known as the “eye of the storm”.
The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. In the Northeast Pacific, it begins on May 15 and ends on November 30.