Two tropical waves in the Atlantic are heading west

Storm clouds are seen over Miami as Hurricane Isaias approaches the east coast of Florida on Saturday. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Two tropical waves are making their way west across the Atlantic, and the National Hurricane Center said they both have a chance of strengthening into a tropical depression later this week.

Both waves are thousands of miles from land and not yet to the stage where the hurricane center is releasing maps of their potential track, but forecasters said one or both storms could get there this week.

Wave one, the closer one, is producing disorganized thunderstorms and gusty winds over the eastern Caribbean Sea, according to the hurricane center’s 2 p.m. Tuesday advisory.

Forecasters say it has a 30 percent chance of upgrading to a depression in the next two days, but its odds are higher, 70 percent, for developing later in the week or during the weekend when it reaches the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

Wave one’s roughly projected path takes it toward the Yucatan Peninsula and well south of Puerto Rico and Cuba. Heavy rain and gusty winds are also expected over portions of the Windward Islands and southern Leeward Islands Tuesday morning, according to the hurricane center.

The two tropical waves in the Atlantic have high chances of becoming tropical depressions in the next two days.
The two tropical waves in the Atlantic have high chances of becoming tropical depressions in the next two days.

Wave two is about 1,300 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is producing a concentrated area of showers and thunderstorms, according to the hurricane center.

“Environmental conditions are conducive for further development, and a tropical depression is likely to form within the next couple of days while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph across the central and western portions of the tropical Atlantic,” forecasters wrote.

Forecasters say the system’s chances of strengthening in the next two days are high at 80 percent and even higher at 90 percent within the next five days.

The latest projected path of the second wave has moved slightly more north. It’s far too early to tell where or when the storm could come.

NOAA has projected the 2020 hurricane season could be one of the most active of all times, with 19 to 25 named storms occurring. So far, there have been 11 named storms, two of which were hurricanes at one point. The next two names on the list are Laura and Marco.

Source: Miami Herald

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