Meteorologists called Hurricane Harvey one of the worst major storm since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, displacing thousands as severe flooding all but submerged places in Southeastern Texas like Houston, Port Arthur and smaller towns along the coast.
Now another, possibly worse storm is on the horizon, and meteorologists who tracked Harvey said it could be devastating if it reaches the U.S.
Hurricane Irma is building momentum in the Atlantic — bringing 115 mph winds and traveling westward at 12 mph — and was declared a Category 3 storm on Thursday, just a day after it was declared a tropical storm.
While it’s still too early to know for sure where it’s headed, forecasted trajectories have the powerful storm reaching the Caribbean early next week and could potentially head back towards the Gulf region, or up towards the Carolinas.
Meteorologists have been vocal about the danger at hand with Irma.
“These are the highest windspeed forecasts I’ve ever seen in my 10 yrs of Atlantic hurricane forecasting. #Irma is another retiree candidate,” meteorological scientist Michael Ventrice said.
— Michael Ventrice (@MJVentrice) August 31, 2017
“Some models show #Irma growing nearly as strong as any Atlantic hurricane ever has, on record. Potential tracks are ominous. Bad feeling,” Meteorologist and Grist contributor Eric Holthaus said.
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) August 31, 2017