Six active storms record, National Hurricane Center Says.
The named storms raging across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans have tied a record for the number of active cyclones at one time, the National Hurricane Center said.
As of Thursday, the NHC was tracking six named storms that had formed over the last week — Humberto, Imelda and Jerry in the Atlantic; Kiko, Mario and Lorena in the Pacific. NHC forecaster Eric Blake, the number ties the modern record set in September 1992.
“It’s not something that you see all the time, but not unheard of, either,” Weather Channel meteorologist Danielle Banks said. This is thanks, in part, to the high water temperatures and low wind shear in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific during September.
Humberto is the largest of these storms, hitting Bermuda on Wednesday as a category 3 hurricane. Tropical Depression Imelda has hammered east Texas with heavy rains resulting in flash floods in Houston and surrounding towns. Jerry was upgraded to a hurricane Thursday morning as it moved west toward the Caribbean.
Kiko had been the largest of the storms in the Pacific, though it was too far out to have any effect on Mexico’s west coast. Tropical Storm Lorena, on the other hands, is resting right off the coast and is forecast to become a hurricane as it moves northwest along Mexico’s coast. Tropical Storm Mario is not far behind though there are questions as to how Lorena’s growth could impact it.
The season isn’t slowing down, either. One disturbance was picked up in the Pacific forming west of Tropical Storm Kiko. Two more were being tracked in the Atlantic, one southwest of Hurricane Jerry and another south of the Dominican Republic.