Tracking the tropics: Nicholas upgraded to a hurricane as NHC watches 2 other systems

Next named storm will be called Odette

Latest Tracking of tropical systems.
Latest Tracking of tropical systems.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Nicholas, located over the upper Texas coast.

At 11 p.m. Monday, Nicholas was 35 miles south-southwest of Matagorda, Texas and was heading north-northeast at 12 mph.

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Nicholas, with 75 mph winds, is on a path toward southeast Texas.

Meanwhile, a tropical wave emerged Monday off the west coast of Africa.

Environmental conditions are conducive for gradual development of this disturbance, and a tropical depression is likely to form by late this week while the system moves west at 10 to 15 mph across the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.

The NHC says it has a 80% chance of tropical development over the next five days.

It’s too soon to tell where the system will head, although computer models show it tracking mostly west for the next several days.

Elsewhere, an area of low pressure is forecast to form by midweek a couple of hundred miles north of the southeastern or central Bahamas as a tropical wave interacts with an upper-level trough.

Some gradual development of this system is possible, and a tropical depression could form later this week while the system moves north-northwest or north across the western Atlantic.

It has a 50% chance of development over the next five days on a projected path up the East Coast of United States.

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The next named storms will be called Odette, Peter and Rose.

Hurricane season runs through November.


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