There Are So Many Tropical Storms & Hurricanes at Once, We’re Running Out of Names

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Chalk one more up for 2020. Not only are we running out of names for tropical storms in the Atlantic, but we’ve also just tied a record for the number of named storms in the Atlantic at once. Isn’t that just great? Looks like we’re about to move on to the Greek alphabet for names, which really just feels so much like 2020 it hurts.

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The National Hurricane Center just noted that there are five named tropical cyclones over the Atlantic basin, which ties the record for the most at one time in that region since September 1971.

The storms are Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, and Vicky.

Hurricane Sally (yes, now a hurricane) is the closest to shore at the moment.

Here they all are. Congratulations 2020!

National Hurricane Center

The last time we had this many named storms at once (five or more) was between September 11-14, 1971, reported.

Right now Sally is the biggest concern.

CBS Miami shared the exciting news that there are two tropical waves being watched too, so we’re just about to move on to the Greek alphabet after one more named storm.

TRACKING SEVEN SYSTEMS – Tropical Storm Vicky has formed in the Atlantic which is the fifth named system currently being…

Posted by CBS Miami on Monday, September 14, 2020

The last storm in the group will be Wilfred, reported.

The first four letters in the Greek alphabet are Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta. The Greek alphabet was last used in 2005, so this isn’t a history-making record or anything, CBS Miami assured us. Not fun, but not 100% unprecedented. That year, we had 28 storms. Unfortunately, those storms include Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.

I personally hope we just name the storms Alpha, Beta, and Gamma, because then I can think about their associated characters on The Walking Dead. But I don’t think that’s how it works.

If you want to track the storms, is a good resource.

Google Crisis Maps is good too, especially for seeing their projected paths.

Check out my story here about tracking all sorts of natural disasters in real-time.

Happy 2020!

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    Stephanie Dwilson started Post Apocalyptic Media with her husband Derek. She's a licensed attorney and has a master's in science and technology journalism. You can reach her at [email protected].

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