For tropical storms, two’s company, three’s a crowd and five is, well, unprecedented.
Maybe not for long. Weather forecasters are watching a disturbance in the western Gulf of Mexico that has a 50 percent chance of becoming Tropical Storm Kirk in the next two days, according to the National Hurricane Center. That would make five named storms traversing the Atlantic simultaneously, for the first time on record.
To qualify as a tropical storm, the system will have to reach constant winds of up to 39 miles per hour (63 km).
Speaking at the tweet of the hurricane researcher at the Colorado state university, the Atlantic has not seen a storm, also called four, since 2008. The fifth winner will contribute to an already crowded map of Hurricane Florence, which is expected to climb into the darkness in Carolinas, and tropical storms including Helene, Issac and Joyce.
Florence is the most worrying part of the group, as it faces a deadly 13-meter ocean wave and flood rains to the East Coast.
And if you’re counting, the next storm after Kirk must show up, it’il be Leslie.
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