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Hurricane Hilary will perform a ‘dance of death’ with Irwin

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Two storms in the eastern Pacific are expected to participate in a “dance of death” together later this week, according to USA Today.

USA Today reported Monday that Hurricane Hilary and soon-to-be Hurricane Irwin will pivot around a specific point mid-week in a phenomenon called the "Fujiwhara effect."

The effect reportedly describes the rotation of two storms around each other, and is most common with tropical cyclones including hurricanes or typhoons.

The phenomenon can purportedly occur in other cases, however, and should result with one storm ultimately absorbing the other.

Some Twitter users on Monday voiced awe over the upcoming event, which is not expected to finish with either Eastern Pacific storm impacting any land areas.

WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue told USA Today that Hilary’s maximum winds are expected to reach about 126 mph, meaning it is a Category 3 storm.

Cyclone Ernie became the year’s strongest tropical cyclone in April, he continued, reaching 150 mph off Australia’s northwest coast.

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Weather Underground reported that two western Pacific storms, Typhoon Noru and Tropical Storm Kulap, are also engaging in the Fujiwhara effect this week.

Storms in the Fujiwhara effect reportedly rotate around one another around a central point dividing them.

Sakuhei Fujiwhara, the chief of Tokyo’s Central Meteorological Bureau, coined the name after writing a paper on the topic in 1921.

Fuijwhara’s paper documented the motions of “vortices” in water, which are swirling water whirls like whirlpools.

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