Tropical update: two areas of interest

two_atl_5d0HOLT, Fla., Aug. 30, 2018–The National Hurricane Center now has two areas of interest it is focusing on.

The tropical wave off the west coast of Senegal, Africa, identified as potential tropical depression six, is expected to become a tropical depression or storm within the next 12-to-24 hours.

Lacking a well-defined center, the system is in an environment of high moisture and low wind shear.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 30 mph with higher gusts.

Some strengthening is forecast, and the disturbance is expected to become a tropical storm during the next day or so.

storm_06_ensThe system is expected to turn toward the northwest sometime after the next five days.

Closer to home, forecasters are watching an area of clouds, showers and storms over the north-central Caribbean which is forecast to track northwest during the next few days.

This activity is forecast to spread west-to-west-northwest, but strong upper-level winds are expected to prevent any significant development of this system during the next several days.

The formation chance through 48 hours is low near 0 percent, and through five days, is low at 10 percent.

However, environmental conditions could become more favorable when the system reaches the eastern Gulf of Mexico early next week.

Staff and National Hurricane Center forecast

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