ROANOKE , Va. (WFXR) — We’ve entered the peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season, and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, FL expects two hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico by early next week.
Tropical Depression Thirteen became Tropical Storm Laura Friday morning. Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Laura could make landfall as a hurricane between western Florida and Louisiana by next week.
Tropical Depression Fourteen is east of the Yucatan Peninsula. The tropical depression is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm late Friday or early Saturday. When this cyclone becomes a tropical storm, it will be named Marco. This storm will continue to move toward the northwest and possibly make landfall as a hurricane along the Texas coastline by next week.
According to the latest NHC forecast, we could see two hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time; they may even make landfall on the same day. Having two tropical systems make nearly simultaneous landfalls is not common, but it has happened in the past.
According to Philip Klotzbach, a scientist with Colorado State University, a tropical storm and a hurricane made landfall along the Gulf Coast simultaneously on Sept. 5, 1933: the Cuba-Brownsville Hurricane made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane near Brownsville, Tx., while Treasure Coast made landfall as a tropical storm near Cedar Key, Fl.
The last time two tropical cyclones were in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time was back in June of 1959. On June 19-18, 1959, Tropical Storm Beulah and Hurricane 3 were in separate parts of the Gulf of Mexico.
Changes in the forecast tracks are possible over the next several days. Direct impacts are not expected in Southwest Virginia, but some moisture may come our way later next week.
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