ORLANDO, Fla. – ‘Tis the season for activity in the tropics. Of the five areas now being watched closely by the National Hurricane Center, one is now a tropical depression and another has become a tropical storm.
Moving from east to west, here is a breakdown of those five systems as of the NHC’s 2 p.m. ET update:
Area #1) A tropical wave over the Florida Straits has a 60% chance of development in the next seven days. Although it will be bringing tropical downpours to Florida on Sunday, development could be possible as it moves west into the Gulf of Mexico approaching the Mexico coastline.
Area #2) An area of low pressure over the far eastern Caribbean Sea, with a 90% chance of development in the next seven days, is producing some signs of organization. Tropical development is likely by the middle of the week. Models show this area curving north and possibly staying out to sea. (Invest 90)
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Area #3) After a 26-day lull in named storms this season, we now have Tropical Depression 6, located a few hundred miles from the northernmost Leeward Islands. It is forecast to remain as a depression for the next few days with winds around 35 mph.
Area #4) Known as Invest 98 until the NHC’s 11 a.m. ET update, this area of broad low pressure located hundreds of miles from from the Cabo Verde Islands has since become Tropical Storm Emily.
Little change in strength is forecast throughout the day, with the storm expected to become a post-tropical remnant low by Tuesday, according to the NHC.
Area #5) A tropical wave that just emerged off the west coast of Africa now has a 60% chance for development in the next seven days as a depression could form later this week in the eastern Atlantic.
Central Florida will remain under a wetter setup on Sunday as the tropical wave over the Florida Straits moves into the Gulf of Mexico.
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