HOLT, Fla., Sept. 3, 2019—The low-pressure area in the Gulf of Mexico appears to become one of the next named storms today.
Labeled Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven, the system is expected to become a tropical depression today and a tropical storm by tonight, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Should it form before the system in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, it will be known as Fernand.
The system is moving west toward Mexico and is not forecast to affect the United States.
The low-pressure system in the tropical eastern Atlantic located a few hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands continues to develop, according to the NHC.
A tropical depression is expected to form today while the system moves generally northwest.
The NHC put both the 48-hour and five-day forecasts at 90 percent for becoming a tropical system.
If it forms after the Gulf system, it will be named Gabrielle.
The trough of low pressure to the east of Hurricane Dorian now has a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression by Thursday, according to the NHC.
However, the center is still forecasting unfavorable conditions for growth as it moves north toward Bermuda.
Finally, the NHC is still waiting for a tropical wave to emerge off the west coast of Africa in a couple of days.
While waiting for this wave to appear, the center has already given it a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical system in its five-day forecast.
A tropical depression is likely to form sometime later this week or during the weekend while it moves westward over the tropical Atlantic.
The name on the hurricane name list following Gabrielle is Humberto.