What are the chances? Tropical Storms Don, Hilary could spin at the same time

You can't make this stuff up.

While a weakening Tropical Storm Don disintegrates as it nears the Caribbean, meteorologists are eyeing a potential storm in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The Pacific system is forecast to become a named storm later Tuesday, and the next name on the Pacific list is.... Hilary.

Don may not be long for this world: Shearing winds and dry air are forecast to "continue to weaken the tropical cyclone as it moves through the Windward Islands and the eastern Caribbean during the next day or so," the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm is not expected to last beyond Wednesday.

In the eastern Pacific Ocean, what will likely be Tropical Storm Hilary is now called Tropical Depression 8-E. The depression now has 35-mph winds. Once its winds reach 39 mph, which is expected later Tuesday, the system will be called Hilary.

Hilary will join a crowded eastern Pacific basin, which already features Tropical Storm Greg and Hurricane Fernanda. None of the Pacific storms are forecast to affect any land areas, though the remnants of Fernanda could bring rain to Hawaii over the weekend or early next week.

This is the first time there have been four active tropical cyclones (depressions, storms and hurricanes) at the same time in the seas near the Americas in 20 years, according to Phil Klotzbach, a Colorado State University meteorologist.

Having storms Don and Hilary at the same time is totally a coincidence, of course: Hurricane names are determined years ahead of time by the World Meteorological Organization.  Also, eastern Pacific storms are pulled from a separate list than Atlantic storms.

USA Today


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