While this hurricane season has already been intense, it’s definitely not over yet. Currently, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring three tropical waves located in the Atlantic basin. Currently, meteorologists are predicting that these waves could become tropical depressions, aka cyclones, by the end of the week. Speculation is that the third tropical wave, currently located in the Caribbean, could affect areas still recovering from Hurricane Grace, and if it tracks farther North, could cause heavy rainfall and wind in North Texas. The question is, will these tropical waves turn into tropical storms, and if they do, what are the chances they will affect Florida residents?
Getting Ready for Hurricanes Ida, Julian & Kate
If the first tropical wave, currently producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the central tropical Atlantic about 900 miles east/northeast of the northern Leeward Islands, becomes a hurricane, it will be called Ida. The next tropical wave is expected to form over the southwestern Caribbean Sea. If it turns into a hurricane, it will be known as Julian. The final tropical wave to be concerned about is located over the far eastern tropical Atlantic, about 400 miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Currently producing a concentrated mass of showers and thunderstorms, this wave may turn into Hurricane Kate.
Tropical Wave One has a formation chance over five days of 60%. The same is true for Tropical Wave Two, though it is highly unlikely that it will form into a storm before then. Tropical Wave Three currently only has a 30% chance of forming in the next five. It is too early right now to say whether the first storm system, if it gains traction, will make landfall in the United States. The same is true of the third system. But even if Tropical Wave Two does not pick up speed, it is at least likely to enhance showers and thunderstorms throughout the week across Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, both of which have been affected by Grace's heavy rainfall. The system could develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm before it reaches Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, or makes its way across the southern Gulf of Mexico. Again, there is a chance of this system bringing heavy rainfall to South Texas.
Bottom line: it is unclear whether any of these tropical waves will make landfall in the U.S., though it currently seems unlikely that even one of them will hit the southeastern coast of Florida. Things can change rapidly when it comes to tropical storms, however, and with experts predicting that the peak of hurricane season is almost upon us, it is essential for all Florida residents to be prepared.
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