Forecasters Watching 2 New Tropical Systems in the Atlantic Following Hurricane Laura

August 29, 2020

Storm season is moving full speed ahead.

As Hurricane Laura continues to weaken as she makes her way up through the mid-Atlantic coast, forecasters are keeping their eyes on two developing tropical systems, reported USA Today.

While neither pose a threat to the U.S. at this point, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring one system in the central Atlantic and another in the eastern Atlantic.

Should these disturbances strengthen into named storms, the next names on the list are Nana and Omar. In order to graduate to an official name, a storm needs to sustain winds of 39 mph.

For now the Hurricane Center is referring to them as Disturbance 1 and Disturbance 2.

So far this year, there have been 13 storms to achieve name status. Hurricane Laura was the 12th. Hurricane Marco was the 13th, but was later downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it made landfall along the Gulf Coast.

Of those 13 storms, 7 actually made landfall, which set a new record for the U.S., according to the outlet.

Laura was the first major hurricane to make landfall this year and sustained winds of 150 mph as it hit the Louisiana coast on Thursday morning.

As of Saturday, the death toll from Laura’s havoc reached 16.

Louisiana has recorded 12 fatalities, with seven of those attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning. While at least four people in Texas have also been killed.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

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