Gulf coast on alert as two tropical systems could threaten at the same time

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The first system to watch is Tropical Storm Laura, which is about 250 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands.

Tropical storm watches have been issued for Saint Martin, Antigua, Barbuda, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, Saba and Saint Eustache. Additional watches were displayed for Culebra and Vieques in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy.

The second system, Tropical Depression Fourteen (TD-14), is approximately 150 miles east of Isla Roatan, Honduras. A hurricane watch is in effect for Punta Herrero in Cancun, Mexico. A tropical storm warning has been issued in Honduras from the border with Nicaragua west to Punta Castilla, according to the National Hurricane Center. A warning is posted in Nicaragua from Puerto Cabezas to the north. A warning is also being posted for the Bay Islands of Honduras, the NHC said.

“Regardless of development, this disturbance is likely to produce heavy rains across much of Central America and southeastern Mexico at the end of this week and this weekend,” the NHC said.

The TD-14 is expected to become better organized on Friday, which means an upgrade from Tropical Storm Marco is likely to occur within the next 24 hours.

Additional emphasis on the Gulf of Mexico

Both systems are heading towards the Gulf of Mexico.

“The long-term forecast for [Tropical Storm Laura] seems complicated by the presence of another tropical system [TD 14] in the Gulf of Mexico next week, ”CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said. Another tropical system rotating in the Gulf will make the forecast path less certain, as tropical storms and hurricanes within close range of each other can alter the winds in the atmosphere and influence each other’s tracks. ”

So, have we ever had two tropical storm resistance systems simultaneously in the Gulf of Mexico?

It has been 60 years since this happened, said tropical researcher Phil Klotzbach. This happened on June 18, 1959.

“On that date, we had an unnamed tropical storm (eg, added after the season) and Beulah,” Klotzbach said.

Currently, both storms are expected to intensify and reach Category 1 hurricane strength as they pass through the Gulf of Mexico.

“We have never had two hurricanes simultaneously in the Gulf of Mexico,” Klotzbach emphasizes.

Right now, those systems are still days away from impacting the United States, so a lot could change. However, since there are two systems at play here, virtually everything from Texas to Florida is an option.

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