NEW TROPICAL DEPRESSIONS 8 & 9 FORM IN THE EASTERN ATLANTIC
BOTH POISED TO BECOME TROPICAL STORMS OVER THE WEEKEND
The satellite loop tonight show Tropical Storm Florence moving westward but if you look on the lower right you can see 2 distinct circulations that now warrent attention. The one that is furthest west, about 800 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands is new tropical depression 9. To the east of that off the African Coast is Potential Tropical Cyclone 8 which is now Tropical Depression 8. Both should become tropical storms in the next day or so. The tropics certainly are busy.
WIDE ATLANTIC TROPICAL SATELLITE
As far as tropical depression 9 is concerned ( the one that is further west), this system is likely to strengthen to a tropical storm and continue on a general westerly course across the Atlantic for the next several days as it sits under a strong ridge to the north.
Monday’s European shows three systems. Florence and T.D.8 could both be hurricanes by then and tropical depression 9 will be a tropical storm by then as well and moving westward. Weather models carry this westward until further notice. It could reach the Southern Leewards by Thursday if that track verifies. Tropical Depression 8 is well organized and it could strengthen quickly. Tropical Storm Warnings are up for the Cabo Verde islands. That system may turn northward near 40 degrees west as the upper ridge to its north is forecast to weaken later next week.
Florence is likely to become a major hurricane and it seems increasingly likely that it will get close to the US East Coast during the middle of next week. We have the latest on Florence and the weather model trends.
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