It’s Wednesday and two nameless storms are churning off the coast. Have been, for days.
If you want to be technical about it, these systems have identities: Tropical Depression 8 and Tropical Depression 9.
I cannot recall the last time that two storms have battled for so long to be named.
The first one to reach sustained winds of 34 knots (39 miles per hour) will be named Hermine.
The one I’m keeping an eye on is Tropical Depression 9, gathering strength in the Gulf of Mexico, parked south of my keyboard. Whether she becomes Hermine or he becomes Ian, time (and speed) will tell.