Southeast U.S. May Face 'Troptober'

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Sept. 21 (UPI) — The southeastern U.S. faces the possibility of being battered by multiple tropical storms or hurricanes next month in what forecasters have dubbed “Troptober.”

The period starting in late September and into October could yield three to five named tropical systems as the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and the southwestern Atlantic are primed to explode, reported Tuesday.

Forecasters are concerned the raging La Nina and its associated cool waters in the tropical Pacific have created a tremendous imbalance, hurricane expert Joe Bastardi said.

Computer models seem to support the concern with a barrage of tropical cyclones predicted to form in succession over the Caribbean and the southwestern Atlantic during the last few days of September through the first part in October.

If the model-based predictions prove accurate, Florida, part of the Gulf Coast, the southern Atlantic seaboard, Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas could be in for multiple rounds of heavy rains, gusty winds, rough seas and battering surf, said.

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