Forecasters note record simultaneous tropical storms


As Southeast Texas deals with a lumbering Imelda, the National Hurricane Center has its eyes on more potential tropical trouble.

Although it's the middle of hurricane season, six named storms swirling at one time in the Atlantic and Pacific have set a record, according to forecasters

As Humberto and Kiko spin to the east and west of the U.S. mainland, new tropical problems have formed ... Jerry in the Atlantic Basin, and Mario and Lorena in the Eastern Pacific.

According to the National Hurricane Center, as many as five active Atlantic cyclones a have been active at one time - that was in September 1971. And in August 1974, there were five simultaneous storms in the eastern Pacific.

To make things even more interesting, the center is watching three additional areas for possible development ... a tropical wave west of the Cabo Verde Islands, a low pressure area just south of Hispaniola, and a tropical wave that's forecast to soon move off the west coast of Africa. All three, however, have slim chances for development at present.

September is the peak month for hurricane and tropical storm activity in both oceans.


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