National Hurricane forecasters said Saturday morning that a tropical wave nearing the Gulf of Mexico could form into a tropical depression within a week.
Just north of Hispaniola as of 8 a.m., the disturbance has a 50% chance of developing into a tropical depression and predicted it would reach the western Gulf Coast by mid-week.
Three other waves sat in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, all moving west or northwest:
- One system proceeding at 10 mph produced thunderstorms several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Forecasters gave it a 70% chance of becoming a tropical depression within two days.
- Another wave, in the mid-Atlantic, was moving forward at 10 to 15 mph. Analysts gave it a 30% chance of developing into a tropical depression in seven days.
- The fourth system, off the coast of Guyana, was moving toward the Lesser Antilles Islands and Caribbean Sea at 10 to 15 mph. Its formation chances were considered low at 20% in two days, 40% in a week.
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If any of these strengthen beyond a tropical depression into a tropical storm, they will be named. Emily and Franklin are next up on the list of 2023 cyclone names.
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