Tropical system expected to develop in Atlantic, one affecting Florida


The National Hurricane Center predicted an increased chance that a tropical depression or storm could form in the Atlantic Ocean this week and potentially threaten Florida.

From the 8 a.m. tropical outlook, forecasters said a large system developing north of Puerto Rico has a high chance of becoming a subtropical or tropical depression as it moves west or west by the middle of this week. -southwestward running over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean.

The probability of formation was increased on Sunday to 70% to form in the next 48 hours and 90% probability of development in the next five days.

Florida’s east coast and the Bahamas must monitor the storm’s progress, the NHC said. Regardless of the development, there is an increasing risk of coastal flooding, gale-force winds, heavy rainfall, rough surf and beach erosion.

“Initially, the system is expected to be very broad and disorganized,” forecasters said. “However, it may begin to take on subtropical or tropical features early next week, and a subtropical or tropical depression may form early to mid next week, as the system generally moves west to west-northwest across the southwest.” moves. Atlantic Ocean.”

Forecasters said there is an “increasing risk” of coastal flooding, gale-force winds and heavy rainfall along Florida’s east coast.

The system is forecast to bring heavy rains to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands this weekend.

If it grows in strength, it could become Tropical Storm Nicole.

The NHC is also monitoring a faint non-tropical low pressure area hundreds of miles east of Bermuda, with a 70% chance of forming a named system in the Atlantic in the coming days.

The system is expected to turn to the northeast and merge with a strong cold front by mid-week.

The week has seen the formation of the season’s sixth and seventh hurricanes with Hurricane Lisa hitting Belize on Thursday morning and Hurricane Martin turning extratropical in the north Atlantic on Thursday afternoon.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30. The season’s 14 systems listed via Martin now meet NOAA’s 2022 forecast.

The NOAA has predicted it will be an above-average season with 14 to 21 named tropical storms. This follows the record 30 named systems in 2020 and 21 named storms in 2021.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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