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US braces for a hit of THREE potential hurricanes in September — including one that could ruin Labor Day for millions — after the August boil, which has seen only the third time in 60 years without named storms
- The last named storm to make landfall in the US was Tropical Storm Colin, which hit the Carolinas on July 2.
- For the first time since 1982, there has been no named storm anywhere in the Atlantic between July 3 and the penultimate week of August
- Forecasters predicted an unusually intense hurricane season this year, warning it’s too early to definitively say they were wrong
- Three potential storms are currently forming off the US East Coast – the three, if named, would be Danielle, Earl and Fiona
- The biggest concern is currently in the central tropical Atlantic, with a second 600 miles east of Bermuda and a third off West Africa.
- A fourth potential storm is currently in the Northwestern Caribbean Sea but is headed for Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is unlikely to hit the U.S.
Three potential hurricanes could hit the United States in September, after just the third hurricane-free August in 60 years.
Monday’s closest storm was described by the National Hurricane Center as being in the central tropical Atlantic, and they estimate an 80 percent chance of it turning into a hurricane within five days.
Two more will follow: a 600 miles east of Bermuda as of 2 p.m. EDT Monday, with a 10 percent chance of becoming a hurricane, and the third off the west coast of Africa, with a 30 percent chance of becoming a hurricane. in the next five days.
A fourth storm is being tracked, heading for Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, but not expected to hit the US
The last named storm to hit the US was Tropical Storm Colin, which made landfall in the Carolinas on July 2.
Four storms are currently in the Atlantic – three of them may be headed toward the US
Pictured is the storm that is currently in the central tropical Atlantic Ocean, with an estimated 80 percent chance of becoming a hurricane within five days.
By this time last year, the U.S. had weathered Tropical Storm Fred, which hit Florida on Aug. 16, causing 31 tornadoes from Georgia to Massachusetts, and Hurricane Henri, which reached New England on Aug. 22, inundating much of the coast.
On August 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, with sustained winds of 250 mph — tying the state record for strongest landfall speeds felt with the 2020 Last Island Hurricane 1856 and Hurricane Laura.
Philip Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher at Colorado State University, noted that it is the first time since 1982 that there has been a single storm nowhere in the Atlantic between July 3 and the penultimate week in August.
Hurricane Henri hit New England in August 2021. Pictured are the remnants of the storm in Milford, Connecticut, on August 23, 2021
Rescuers are seen in Helmetta, New Jersey, after Henri struck on August 22, 2021
Floods are slowly easing in the wake of Hurricane Ida in Lafitte, Louisiana — about 40 miles south of New Orleans — on September 1, 2021
The phenomenon has occurred five other times since 1950, making a quiet period leading up to peak season an event of about once a decade.
Accuweather senior meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said: USA today it was still possible that August would have a named storm.
“Will we make it to the end of the day on Wednesday (without a named storm)? It’s probably going to be a close call,” Pydynowski said.
Accuweather’s forecast predicts 16 named storms this season: two above average, but five fewer than in 2021.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting six to 10 Atlantic hurricanes compared to the standard of seven, and they could come soon in September, when ocean waters are warmest.
“You don’t want people to be wary,” Pydynowski said.
“Just because we haven’t had a storm yet doesn’t mean we won’t.
“And it’s not necessarily the number of storms that counts.
“It’s: will the storm hit the US, and if so, what’s its intensity?”