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Topper's Blog: Four Hurricanes at once

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Four at Once:

On August 22nd 1893: Four hurricanes were observed in the Atlantic Ocean at the same time. This record has been tied only once since then. One of those hurricanes in 1893 ended up killing between 1,000 and 2,000 people in Georgia and South Carolina. The second occurrence of four hurricanes simultaneously in the Atlantic basin occurred on September 25, 1998, when we had Georges, Ivan, Jeanne and Karl. Hurricane Georges hit Haiti killing thousands. (In 1971, from September the 10th to the 12th, we had five tropical storms at the same time but of these five tropical storms there were never more than two hurricanes at the same time.) Since statistically most hurricanes form in the month of September it is a bit surprising one of the occurrences of four hurricanes at once was in the month of August.  

On August 22nd 1992: Hurricane Andrew developed a well defined eye 650 miles east of Miami with 95 mph winds. Andrew would hit the northwest Bahamas hard and then make landfall in just two days in south Florida and then make landfall a second time in Louisiana on the twenty six of August.

 

If no hurricanes develop the rest of this month it will be only the third time in recorded history with no hurricanes in the month of August. The last time this occurred was in august 1997.

 

On this date in 1888: Tornadoes struck the Chesapeake Bay area.

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