six tropical storms september 2019 record
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Six storms spun at the same time in the Atlantic and Pacific basins the third week of September 2019.
September is the peak month for hurricane and tropical storm activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific, NOAA reports.

Sure, it's the middle of hurricane season. But this is ridiculous.

The six named storms whirling at once this week in the Atlantic and Pacific hit a record first set in 1992, forecasters reported.

"While Humberto and Kiko were spinning in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific, four new tropical cyclones formed Tuesday: Imelda and Jerry in the Atlantic Basin, and Mario and Lorena in the Eastern Pacific Basin," the Weather Channel reported.

This combined number of active storms in both basins was believed to tie a modern record, set in September 1992, according to National Hurricane Center forecaster Eric Blake.

He tweeted Tuesday that "they are forming like roaches out there."

"It's not something that you see all the time, but not unheard of, either," said Weather Channel meteorologist Danielle Banks.
Imelda flooding texas
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Flooded streets in Sargent, Texas on Sept. 19. 2019 caused by rain from Tropical Depression Imelda.
According to the National Hurricane Center, there have been as many as five active Atlantic tropical cyclones at once, which occurred Sept. 10-12, 1971. In the eastern Pacific, on Aug. 26, 1974, there were five simultaneous named storms of at least tropical storm strength, Phil Klotzbach, a tropical scientist at Colorado State University, told weather.com.