As Hurricane Florence batters the United States' East Coast this week, another six named storms are currently swirling around the world.
With the total number of seven storms ravaging the Earth, this matches the all-time record, but with a potential eighth one developing, the weather may set a new record.
The unprecedented pattern is being likened to the 2004 Hollywood blockbuster entitled “The Day After Tomorrow” in which weather goes mad before setting off catastrophic natural disasters throughout the world.
One of the scenes shows the planet covered by hurricane-type storms all at once, and while things are no where near as bad as the movie, we are witnessing a very unusually high number of hurricanes and typhoons develop this season.
"The Hurricane season is causing devastation from the Pacific to the Atlantic as seven active storms are currently swirling across the globe – with high chances an eighth powerful storm will soon develop to break an all-time record."
And actually, there is an additional storm that is also developing in the Pacific which could bring the grand total to nine.
Overall, there have been 9 named storms in the Atlantic and 15 names storms in the Pacific since the official start of the hurricane season.
Far from being the biggest threat facing the US coastline this hurricane season, Florence will be followed by several other storms that rapidly strengthening in the Atlantic. As one veteran meteorologist remarked, “in my 35 years forecasting the weather on TV, I have NEVER seen so much activity in the tropics all at the same time.”
Meanwhile, the biggest storm on the planet is actually in the Pacific Ocean.
The devastating force of Hurricane Florence is nothing when compared to the category 5 hurricane sweeping over the Pacific Ocean, Super Typhoon Mangkhu.
With winds close to 180mph, the fierce hurricane is feared to land over a mountainous terrain in the northern Philippines on Friday night, before moving over the South China Sea and potentially impacting Hong Kong and Vietnam.
But let’s not minimize the seriousness of Hurricane Florence.
It is currently approximately the size of the state of Michigan, and even though it has been downgraded forecasters are still predicting that it will bring up to 40 inches of rain in some areas.
One meteorologist ran the numbers, and he determined that if the current forecasts are accurate the state of North Carolina could end up getting ten trillion gallons of rain…
In neighboring Virginia, officials with the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation have identified some 100 dams they are concerned could be at risk, either because of “spotty inspection records”or because they are still being built.
“If we get 20 inches of rain in a relatively short period of time,” Russ Baxter, the department’s deputy director told the WSJ,“there could be a number of dams that will fail.