The system has a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical or subtropical cyclone by Thursday. The next name up in this year’s storm name rotation is Patty.
With a little more than two weeks to go in the 2018 hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center began watching another tropical wave Sunday.
The wave — east of the Leeward Islands — grew better organized and began producing strong gusty winds and showers. It could become a cyclone by the middle of the week, stated Stacy Stewart, one of the Center’s hurricane specialists. On Sunday at 1 p.m., the wave was about 350 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands.
Conditions are forecast to become a little more conducive for formation by Tuesday, Stewart stated. The system has a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical or subtropical cyclone by Thursday. It’s expected to move westward to west-northwestward over the next few days, passing near or north of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the Southeastern Bahamas.
It has been a busier-than-normal season, with 15 named storms, including eight hurricanes. Four of those made landfall along the mainland United States, including Alberto, Florence, Gordon and Michael, the third-most-intense hurricane ever to strike the United States. Hard-hit areas of Florida’s Panhandle, Georgia and North and South Carolina continue to recover from the impacts of Florence and Michael. The next name up in this year’s storm name rotation is Patty.
Alberto formed before the season’s official beginning on June 1, making it the fourth year in a row with a storm before the season’s official start on June 1.