US May Get Hit With 2 Tropical Storms at Same Time

US May Get Hit With 2 Tropical Storms at Same Time

In fact, the closest we've come to this was September 5th, 1933 where two storms made landfall; one as a hurricane and the other as a tropical storm.

Just the day prior to the storm forming, six waterspouts swirled simultaneously off the Louisiana coast.

If these storms intensify and become hurricanes, as forecasted, then this would be the first time in recorded history two hurricanes were in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time.

Early forecast maps of interacting winds from the two storms show them overlapping in the Gulf.

Laura now has winds of approximately 75km/h (47mph) with stronger gusts and some strengthening likely over the next few days.

The Caribbean will find itself sandwiched during this time by tropical depression 13 as it pushes westward from the open Atlantic into the Gulf of Mexico during the weekend.

Marco has top winds of 40 miles per hour, but is expected to gain strength by the time it reaches the Gulf of Mexico.

The 10 AM forecast advisory is out for Tropical Storm Marco.

The National Hurricane Center warned that the heavy rain could "cause mudslides and flash and urban flooding through Sunday".

NOAA's National Hurricane Center (NHC) has posted many watches and warnings for Laura on August 21. "We're actually taking that data and delivering it to the forecast centers and to the modeling centers", he said, "so the models are ingesting all of this satellite information to really improve the forecasts and protect lives and property".

The 2020 hurricane season has been extraordinarily busy, with Laura already a record setter today (Aug. 21) as the earliest "L" storm ever. The system is forecast to be near or at hurricane strength when it reaches the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico late Saturday. It was moving west at 30 km/h. The center of this system is less than 300 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

Laura's eventual landfall is still several days away, and the National Hurricane Center stresses that it's predicted path and intensity are "more uncertain than usual" since the system has to pass over land, including Cuba and the southern tip of Florida, which could affect its eventual track.

Tourists staying in hotels in the Keys should be aware of hazardous weather conditions and consider altering their plans starting on Sunday.

Citing both storm approaches, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a state of emergency Friday night.

Tropical storms are named for most letters of the alphabet, with the exception of Q, U, X, Y and Z. Beyond that, Greek letters are used to name systems.

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