Three potential storms being monitored for development in the Atlantic and Caribbean

August 18, 2023  -On Wednesday morning, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported tracking three weather disturbances in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, with one having a higher likelihood of intensifying.

The most prominent system, currently holding a 40 per cent chance of development within the week, is tied to an extended trough of low pressure.

Potential development near Cabo Verde Islands

Positioned 600 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, it progresses west or west-northwestward at roughly 10 mph.

According to the NHC’s latest update, this system is projected to encounter favorable environmental conditions in the coming days, heightening the possibility of a tropical depression forming.

If this disturbance is to be a named storm, it will be called “Emily.”

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Gulf of Mexico’s emerging threat

Meanwhile, a potential area of low pressure might emerge in the central or western Gulf of Mexico by early next week.

As it progresses toward the Gulf coastline, there is a possibility of tropical development, with the NHC pegging its chances at 20 per cent.

Third tropical wave off Africa’s west coast

Another tropical wave, originating off Africa’s west coast, is anticipated to chart a west-northwest trajectory at about 15 mph.

Forecasts suggest that an area of low pressure will materialize to the west of the Cabo Verde Islands.

While some growth of this low-pressure area is probable over the weekend, the environment is predicted to turn less hospitable for further intensification early next week.

The NHC has estimated its development likelihood over the next week at 30 per cent.

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