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'African wave train' continues picking up steam for 2020 hurricane season peak by Jaclyn Whittal September 06,2020   |  Source: The Weather Network

The Atlantic is buzzing with activity, with four tropical disturbances. Three are part of an African wave train -- a series of African waves that can develop into tropical systems.

After Laura and Nana made landfalls as categories 4 and 1 hurricanes, respectively, recently, what does the rest of the 2020 Atlantic season have in store?

Now that September is upon us, statistics tell us that we should be on guard now more than ever for tropical development: the month is deemed the peak of the hurricane season, and this year likely will be no exception.

Some notable storms that we can recall in September are very memorable for several reasons. 2017's Hurricane Irma, for example, was an extremely powerful Cabo Verde hurricane that caused widespread destruction in Florida.

Irma was the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands on record, followed by Maria two weeks later. Another notable September hurricane was Hurricane Hugo in 1989, which made multiple landfalls over the course of five days in Guadeloupe, Saint Croix, Puerto Rico, and South Carolina. All of these storms have taken similar paths.

We typically see more frequent tropical systems, with greater lifespans and greater intensity, in September due to a few factors.

By this time of year, we

 

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