is it possible for a hurricane to make two or three landfalls in the US?

For example, it forms to the southeast of Florida, smashes into Florida then makes its way into the gulf.  Once it the gulf, it strengthens and smashes into LA or TX.  It then makes its way through the southern states and reemerges into the Atlantic over the Carolinas.  Once in the Atlantic, it strengthens again before making landfall in NYC.  Is this possible?

5 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Yes this is absolutely possible. The first two landfalls is something that happens a lot (ie. Katrina hit SE Florida as a cat 1 and then later hit Louisiana). The third landfall at hurricane intensity is possible but much more of a longshot. A major for the third landfall on NYC would be nearly out of the question due to the cooler sea surface temperatures and the fact the storm would be re-organizing after land interaction rather than winding down from a previous intensity. 

    Incidentally: 3 landfalls of a tropical cyclone is a single state is also possible. I live in Florida and we once had a tropical storm (not a hurricane) named Fay which hit southwest Florida, travelled over to the state into the Atlantic without much loss in intensity and then recurved back and hit the East side. After hitting the east side it exited back across Florida into the Gulf of Mexico where the storm later hit the Florida panhandle. 

  • 2 months ago

    Two, yes. The third one you postulate is highly unlikely. Firstly, the Atlantic is too cold that far north to add much power. Secondly, look at the track of any hurricane affecting the USA. It originates in the Atlantic, near the equator, then travels west before curving more to the north. The curving of the path continues until it is travelling more to the east. It is POSSIBLE that it could make a third landfall in NY or New England but I wouldn't bet on it. And it would not be a hurricane by that time.

  • TQ
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Short answer:  yes

    Longer answer:  yes.

    Source(s): Meteorologist.
  • 2 months ago

    Yes, very possible. Katrina made landfall twice In Florida and Mississippi. 

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  • P
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Sometimes a hurricane will make it over the Florida peninsula to make landfall again in one of the other gulf states, but it's not possible for a hurricane to maintain strength over the inner continental US.   There are hurricanes that make more landfalls, but they skirt the Atlantic coast or bounce around the gulf, they don't go fully inland.  Without warm water a hurricane quickly breaks apart the structure that qualifies it as a hurricane. 

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