For the first time in modern history, three hurricanes in the Atlantic are lined up to make landfall at the same time, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Specialist Eric Blake tweeted out the event, marveling he'd "never seen anything like this in the modern record."
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued advisories on Hurricane Irma (currently located north of the Dominican Republic), Hurricane Jose (700 miles east of the Lesser Antilles), and Hurricane Katia (over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico).
The Atlantic experienced three simultaneous hurricanes in 2010, with Igor, Julia, and Karl all swirling in the basin at the same time, QZ.com reported.
But Julia never threatened land, so the NHC didn’t issue a warning for North America.
This is the first time that three hurricanes have the potential to make landfall at the same time, the outlet noted.
According to QZ.com, the rising strength and potential impact of the hurricanes in the Atlantic basin has weather experts concerned — particularly in light of global temperature records.
The outlet notes global warming isn't necessarily causing the hurricanes to form, but is likely magnifying their intensity.
Dr. Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center has reportedly warned that warming waters, along with a relative lack of sudden wind shift have created optimal hurricane conditions, QZ.com reported.
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