The first tropical storm with an “R” name - Roxanne - formed in the Caribbean on Monday, taking a path similar to the one Hurricane Opal followed when it killed 10 people in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula last week.
Roxanne became the 17th tropical storm of the busy 1995 Atlantic hurricane season when its sustained winds reached the 39 mph threshold. The record for tropical storms and hurricanes in a season is 21, set in 1933.
“I can’t believe this,” said hurricane specialist Max Mayfield. “I keep looking for the on-off switch and I can’t find it.”
Opal was the ninth hurricane of the June-through-November season and the first “O” storm since the National Hurricane Center began issuing names in 1950. Tropical Storm Pablo dissipated over the western Caribbean on Sunday.