Saturday, September 09, 2017

Three Too Many

Atlantic Hurricanes (Credit: NASA) Click to Enlarge.
Irma, Jose, Katia:  We’ve never seen this kind of hurricane power in the Atlantic.  The three storms collectively represent the most hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean, in terms of strength and size, in recorded history.  That’s just one of many milestones. 

As National Hurricane Center scientist Eric Blake pointed out, the three hurricanes are all threatening land at the same time.  Again, that’s never happened before.

Florida is bracing for monster storm Irma, which is expected to bring devastating winds and storm surges to the state on Saturday.  And Jose just strengthened into a Category 4 storm on Saturday, marking the first time the Atlantic has seen two hurricanes this intense at once.

And though Jose hasn’t broken as many records as Irma, it’s forecast to hit some of the same Caribbean islands that Irma battered just a few days ago:  Antigua, Barbuda and Anguilla, St. Martin, and St. Barthélemy.

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