Just like scientists have warned about climate change, it seems nature is on a rampage. Last week, California saw its first-ever fire tornado and this week meteorologists are warning that the Gulf of Mexico may soon see its first-ever double hurricane.
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The area has already witnessed two tropical storms entering the Gulf at the same time. That was back in 1959 and 1933 but, at the time, they weren't both hurricanes.
Luckily, there is still a chance that things will not go into that dire direction. So far, only one of the storm systems has turned into a tropical storm and it's still not yet a hurricane.
Meanwhile, the other is still a tropical depression. Unfortunately, according to experts, both weather events are on their path to becoming hurricanes. Tropical storm Laura reached tropical storm strength on August 21 and is now raging over Puerto Rico.
9:05 AM EDT: NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft finds that TD 13 has strengthened to Tropical Storm #Laurahttps://t.co/meGFS0Han4pic.twitter.com/m85ApKXFeE— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 21, 2020
Over the course of the weekend and early next week, forecasts show it heading over to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Florida, and then into the Gulf.
Meanwhile, additional forecasts show that tropical depression 14 is heading north from its current position near Honduras, straight up to the Gulf. It's unclear yet what will happen if both the storms end up meeting in the Gulf.
The year 2020 has already been a record-breaking one for storms, setting the record for the earliest C, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K storms. And If tropical depression 14 becomes a tropical storm — which will then be named Marco — it will then hold the record for the earliest M storm ever.
All of these extreme weather events are no doubt a result of climate change. As climate change warms our oceans, you can count on more tropical depressions, storms, and hurricanes occurring around the globe. Isn't time we finally did something about it?