The US is bracing for a scourge of THREE potential hurricanes in September – including one that could ruin Labor Day for millions – after a searing August, which saw no named storms for only the third time in 60 years
- The last named storm to make landfall in the US was Tropical Storm Colin, which struck the Carolinas on July 2
- For the first time since 1982 there hasn’t been a single named storm anywhere in the Atlantic between July 3 and the penultimate week of August
- Forecasters have predicted an unusually intense hurricane season for this year and warn it’s too early to say definitively 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 problem currently lies in the central tropical Atlantic, while a second lies 600 miles east of Bermuda and a third off West Africa
- A fourth potential storm is currently en route in the northwestern Caribbean but is moving towards Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is unlikely to hit the United States
After only the third hurricane-free August in 60 years, three potential hurricanes could hit the United States in September.
Monday’s next storm was described by the National Hurricane Center as in the central tropical Atlantic, and they estimate there is an 80 percent chance of it becoming a hurricane within five days.
Two more follow: one 600 miles east of Bermuda as of 2 p.m. EDT Monday, at a 10 percent chance of becoming a hurricane, and the third off the west coast of Africa, at a 30 percent chance of strengthening in the next hurricane five days.
A fourth storm is being monitored heading towards Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula but is unlikely to hit the United States
The last named storm to hit the US was Tropical Storm Colin, which made landfall in the Carolinas on July 2.
There are currently four storms en route in the Atlantic – three of which could potentially be headed for the US
Pictured is the storm currently dominating the central tropical Atlantic with an estimated 80 percent chance of becoming a hurricane within five days
This time last year the US endured Tropical Storm Fred, which struck Florida on August 16 and spawned 31 tornadoes from Georgia to Massachusetts, and Hurricane Henri, which struck New England on August 22 and inundated much of the coast.
On August 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana with sustained winds of 150 mph — setting the state record for the strongest landfall speeds associated with the 1856 Last Island hurricane and Hurricane Laura of 1856 were felt in 2020.
Philip Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher at Colorado State University, noted that it’s the first time since 1982 that there hasn’t been a single named storm anywhere in the Atlantic between July 3 and the penultimate week of August.
Hurricane Henri struck New England in August 2021. Pictured is the remnant of the storm in Milford, Connecticut on August 23, 2021
Rescuers are seen in Helmetta, New Jersey after Henri was hit on August 22, 2021
Flooding is slowly receding after Hurricane Ida in Lafitte, Louisiana — about 25 miles south of New Orleans — on September 1, 2021
The phenomenon has occurred five more times since 1950, making such a long stretch of quiet until peak season an event that occurs roughly once a decade.
Accuweather lead weather forecaster Dan Pydynowski told USA Today it was still possible August would have a named storm.
“Will we make it through Wednesday at the end of the day (without a named storm)? It will probably be close,” Pydynowski said.
Accuweather’s forecast calls for 16 named storms this season: two above average but five fewer than 2021.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting six to 10 Atlantic hurricanes compared to the norm of seven, and they can come quickly in September, when ocean waters are at their warmest.
“You don’t want people to lose their vigilance,” Pydynowski said.
“Just because we haven’t had storms yet doesn’t mean we won’t have one.
“And it’s not necessarily the number of storms that matters.
“It’s: will the storm hit the US, and if so, how strong will it be when it does?”
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