Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, as a strong Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 mph.
Exactly six weeks and one day later, Delta is expected to hit nearly the same location.
Official forecasts call for Delta to intensify to Category 3 — major hurricane strength — by Thursday night, then to make landfall late day on Friday. Delta is expected to cross the coast as a powerful Category 2 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.
It’s happened before
Also notable: If Delta crosses the Louisiana coastline, it will mark the fourth named storm to make landfall in the Pelican State in 2020, which is a record for the most there in one season. Already this hurricane season, Cristobal, Marco and Laura have made landfall in Louisiana.
While four may seem like a lot, it is not the record for any state. That title goes to Florida when the state had five separate storms make landfall in 2005.
“Five named storms made landfall in Florida in 2005 (Arlene, Dennis, Katrina, Tammy and Wilma),” says Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist at Colorado State University. “All of these stats only count one landfall per storm per state.”
While it isn’t common for the same location to be hit by multiple storms in the same season, it does happen.
Harvey hit Louisiana in 2017 relatively close to where Cindy had come ashore. Other cases in which two storms have made landfall around 30 miles or less apart include: Hermine and Colin in 2016 in Florida, Ike and Edouard in 2008 in Texas, and Katrina and Cindy in 2005 in Louisiana.