Tracking the tropics: What’s next after Ida?

Tropical Storm Kate forms in Atlantic

Latest Tracking of tropical systems.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The National Hurricane Center is keeping busy, even after Ida made landfall Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane.

The NHC early Monday is issuing advisories on what is now Tropical Depression Ida, located inland over Mississippi; Tropical Storm Kate, located over the central Atlantic; and Post-Tropical Cyclone Julian, moving rapidly northeast over the central Atlantic.

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Ida at 11 p.m. Monday was 80 miles north-northeast of Jackson, Mississippi, heading northeast at 10 mph with sustained winds of 35 mph.

Latest track released of Tropical Depression Ida. (WKMG)

Kate at 11 p.m. Monday was 805 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands on a projected path mostly north into the open Atlantic. Kate was packing winds of 40 mph while heading north at 6 mph.

Upper-level winds are expected to increase over the low Tuesday, and its prospects for further development have decreased as it drifts slowly away from the east coast of the United States.

The NHC gives it a near 0% chance of formation in the next few days.

Elsewhere, a tropical wave is expected to emerge off the west coast of Africa later Monday.

Environmental conditions appear conducive for the development of a low pressure area once the wave moves offshore, and a tropical depression is likely to form by the middle or latter part of the week while the system moves west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph over the eastern tropical Atlantic.

The system has an 90% chance of tropical development over the next five days.

Meantime, a broad area of low pressure is expected to form in the southern Caribbean Sea over the next several days.

Environmental conditions appear to be favorable for some slow development by the end of the week, as long as the system remains over water.

This system is expected to move gradually west-northwest or northwest at 5 to 10 mph over the western Caribbean Sea close to the east coast of Central America.

The hurricane center says it has a 20% chance of developing tropical characteristics over the next five days.

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The next named storm will be called Kate.

Hurricane season runs through November.


About the Authors:

Daniel started with WKMG-TV in 2000 and became the digital content manager in 2009. When he's not working on ClickOrlando.com, Daniel likes to head to the beach or find a sporting event nearby.

From chasing tornadoes and tracking the tropics, to forecasting ice storms and other dangerous weather, Troy Bridges has covered it all! Troy is an award-winning meteorologist who always prepares you for the day ahead on the News 6 Morning News.