2 Tropical Storms Could Strike US at Once, Heat Wave and Fires Grow

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Two tropical storm systems approaching the Gulf of Mexico could arrive at once, as a heat wave continues in the West and spreads to the nation’s midsection and the South, more evacuations as Calif. fires double in size.

Two tropical systems approaching Gulf of Mexico, heading toward US, could arrive at same time

A particularly dangerous weather situation, one that has never occurred before is in the forecast for the United States.

In a rare occurrence, two tropical depressions in the Atlantic are headed for the same part of the US and may make landfall at the same time. While two tropical storms have been in the Gulf before, in 1933 and 1959, and have both hit the US, they have never hit the same part of the US at the same time.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is tracking two tropical systems that are headed toward the Gulf of Mexico and potentially could affect the US by the Wednesday of next week, both as a Category 1 hurricanes, ABC 11 Raleigh-Durham reports.

It’s still too early for accurate projections, but current forecast models put what is now tropical depression #13 making landfall roughly somewhere near New Orleans, while tropical depression #14 somewhere near the Texas Louisiana border.

Heat wave continues in West and expands to central US, South

While there are fewer heat alerts for Friday, it doesn’t mean a break from high temperatures. In fact, the Western heat is going to expand into the nation’s midsection and parts of the South today.

In the West, Los Angeles will see 93 degrees, near 100 and parts of Idaho and northern Utah, low 90s in the northern Rockies, while triple-digit heat for the Southwest, and the nation’s midsection will see low to mid 90s, as will some parts of the South.

California fires double in size, force more evacuations

The areas of California on fire more than doubled in size yesterday, as many “complexes” of the many small fires have merged into larger fires. Over 300 wildfires have forced tens of thousands from their homes. At least 5 fatalities have occurred, the Washington Post reports.

As on had occurred a day earlier, on Thursday evacuation surged again forcing tens of thousands more out of their homes and neighborhoods.

The situation is worsened under the pandemic as people are forced into crowded shelters. Even worse, California is only at the beginning of its wildfire season and has seen four consecutive years of record-setting blazes.

California is under a state of emergency and officials there have warned every resident of the state to prepare a bag filled with necessities and be ready to evacuate their homes at a moment’s notice.

US weather forecast: August 21, 2020

West: San Francisco 77, partly cloudy; Los Angeles 93, partly cloudy; San Diego 82, mostly sunny; Reno 95, partly cloudy; Las Vegas 112, sunny; Salt Lake City 99, sunny; Denver 95, mostly sunny.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 71, rain; Medford 90, sunny; Boise 97, sunny; Cut Bank 88, sunny; Billings 93, sunny; Minot 93, partly cloudy; Rapid City 94, mostly sunny; Cheyenne 91, mostly sunny.

Southwest: Phoenix 105, partly cloudy; Tucson 99, partly cloudy Albuquerque 99, mostly sunny; El Paso 105, mostly sunny; San Antonio 100, mostly sunny; Brownsville 98, sunny.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 96, mostly sunny; Dallas 95, mostly sunny; Oklahoma City 90, mostly sunny; Kansas City 89, mostly sunny; Minneapolis 88, mostly sunny; Madison 86, mostly sunny.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 87, sunny; St. Louis 86, sunny; Detroit 88, sunny; Cincinnati 83, mostly cloudy; Indianapolis 85, mostly sunny.

South: Houston 94, partly cloudy; New Orleans 91, mostly sunny; Birmingham 81, thunderstorms; Atlanta 80, thunderstorms; Charlotte 81, thunderstorms; Jacksonville 88, thunderstorms; Tampa 86, thunderstorms; Miami 89, partly cloudy.

East: Norfolk 83, thunderstorms; Washington, D.C. 86, mostly cloudy; Philadelphia 85, partly cloudy; Buffalo 81, sunny; New York City 88, partly cloudy; Boston 89, sunny; caribou 70, rain.