Storm Landfalls This Year One Short of 1916 Record
Hurricane Sally’s landfall made it the eighth named storm to reach the continental United States this year. If one more storm makes landfall in the United States, it will break a record that dates back to 1916. Weather experts say with 10 weeks remaining in the Atlantic hurricane season it is likely that record will be broken. A storm system in the Gulf of Mexico has a 90 percent chance of becoming Tropical Storm Wilfred, and it is expected to head north and reach the U.S. Gulf Coast. The last time eight storms made landfall in a single hurricane season was in 2004.
When storms that didn’t make landfall are included, it’s already been a record-breaking year, with 20 named systems so far. That’s the earliest in the year this has happened in data stretching back to 1851. There have been so many storms that forecasters only have one name left to use this year -- once the annual list is exhausted, they’ll start using Greek letters.