Forecasters Tracking Two Disturbances In Atlantic

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Hurricane forecasters on Thursday morning were tracking two disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean.

One could develop into a small tropical depression, they said, while the other is not expected to organize further.

The shaded area on the graphic is where a storm could develop and is not a track. The National Hurricane Center releases a track when a tropical depression forms or is about to form.

The categories, in order of increasing strength, are tropical depression, tropical storm and hurricane (categories 1 through 5). Systems are named when they develop into a tropical storm. The next available storm name is Danny.

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Here’s what to know about the tropics as of 7 a.m. from the National Hurricane Center.
A small tropical depression could form by early next week in the Atlantic Ocean, hurricane forecasters said Thursday.

As of 7 a.m., a strong tropical wave has emerged off the west coast of Africa and is expected to move west at 15 mph.

Ocean temperatures are “still relatively cool” over the tropical Atlantic, forecasters said, but they said there’s a 40% chance the disturbance will develop into a tropical depression within five days.

It’s too early to tell where it could go if it develops.

A low pressure system was about 100 miles southeast of Barbados as of Thursday morning, forecasters said. It’s moving northwest at 10 mph.

Thunderstorm activity is decreasing with the system and it is unlikely to develop further, forecasters said.

However, it could produce gusty winds and increased rain while moving across the Lesser Antilles over the next couple of days, the outlook said.

It has a 10% chance of developing into a tropical depression within five days.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

Headline photo: Steven Erixon stock image

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