FAST FIVE: Is California About To Get Hit By A Hurricane For The Very First Time In History?
Tropical Storm Lorena is expected to become a hurricane shortly, and according to the Weather Channel hurricane warnings have already been issued for much of the Baja California Peninsula- A hurricane warning has been posted on the Baja California Peninsula from La Paz to Santa Fe, Mexico.
This means hurricane-force winds (74-plus mph) are expected somewhere within the warning area – in this case, within the next 24 hours.
But if Lorena or Mario does make landfall along the California coastline, it will truly be a historic event. According to NASA, there has never been a documented case of a hurricane making landfall in the state- While there has never been a documented case of a hurricane making landfall in California, the Golden State has had its share of run-ins and close calls with tropical cyclones.
In fact, in some spots the water temperature is already “as much as 6 degrees Fahrenheit above normal”, and there is a tremendous amount of concern about what will happen if the water continues to become even warmer.
This means that conditions along the west coast of the United States are now quite favorable for major storms, and it makes it much less likely that Lorena and Mario will quickly fizzle out once they track farther north.