HOLT, Fla., Aug. 16, 2017–The National Hurricane Center is now tracking three areas of interest as the anticipated third wave entered the eastern Atlantic Ocean today.
The NHC gives all three a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm during the next five days.
The first system, Invest 91, is a low-pressure system located about 900 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, moving westward at 15-to-20 mph. It is expected to cross into the Caribbean Sea Friday.
Upper-level winds are forecast to become a little more conducive for development during the next several days.
Hurricane models show the storm tracking westward toward Central America and Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.
The second, Invest 92, is an area of low pressure located several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands.
Gradual development of this system is possible during the next few days before upper-level winds become less conducive during the weekend.
This system is expected to move west-northwestward at 15-to-20 mph during the next several days.
Hurricane models generally show the storm moving west-northwest toward Cuba and the Bahamas.
The third area, not yet identified, is a tropical wave near the west coast of Africa.
Environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development of this wave while it moves westward to west-northwestward at about 15 mph during the next several days.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Gert strengthened a little more overnight. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 90 mph with higher gusts.
Some additional strengthening is possible today. After that time, Gert is expected to weaken and become a tropical depression by Thursday night.
Staff and National Hurricane Center