The National Weather Service is predicting that two hurricanes, Laura and Marco, could both arrive in the Gulf of Mexico during the same period next week.
USA Today reports: If that forecast holds true, it would be the first time in recorded history that two hurricanes muscled through the Gulf’s warm waters simultaneously, according to Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach. It could also be another record breaker for 2020 with the potential for seven tropical cyclone landfalls in the continental U.S. before the end of August. … This hurricane season has lived up to forecasts that called for above-normal activity. The Climate Prediction Center’s most recent estimate was for up to 25 named storms, which would require using the Greek alphabet.
More from the Weather Channel: Throughout the Atlantic Basin, from the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea to the coast of West Africa, it’s common, particularly during the peak of the hurricane season, for multiple storms and hurricanes to be in progress. … However, there was one documented case of two mainland U.S. landfalls happening at the exact same time, and in the Gulf of Mexico, no less. On Sept. 5, 1933, a Category 3 hurricane made landfall at Brownsville, Texas. At the same hour, 12 a.m. ET, a tropical storm moved ashore at Cedar Key, Florida, according to Colorado State University tropical scientist Phil Klotzbach. … So we may witness something exceedingly rare in the U.S. next week. Perhaps it will be yet another oddity to add to the list for 2020.