ORLANDO, Fla. – As of Wednesday, there are two areas of interest in the tropical Atlantic. One is currently over Puerto Rico, the other is well out to sea. Both have the potential to impact Central Florida in some capacity.
The one to watch right now is a tropical wave currently in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, but as of Wednesday afternoon has a 60% chance of developing into a tropical depression.
Area 1: Near Puerto Rico
An area of disturbed weather continues near Puerto Rico, but development into something tropical remains very low. The National Hurricane Center gives this wave only a 10% chance to develop over the next five days.
By Friday, Central Florida will begin to see increased rain chances as a result of this tropical wave. Impacts from this will be low.
Area 2: In the middle of the Atlantic
This disturbance has a much higher chance to develop into something tropical. Over the next five days, this wave will move into a better environment for development. As of Wednesday afternoon the National Hurricane Center gave the tropical wave a 60% chance of developing into a tropical depression in the next five days.
Low wind shear will promote development as it moves closer to the Lesser Antilles. Beyond that, the track is uncertain, but it could head toward the Bahamas. Stay tuned.