The National Hurricane Center is closely monitoring two systems in the eastern Atlantic that have the potential for development in the coming days. One tropical wave moving off the coast of Africa has a 30 percent chance of development over the next seven days, while the second system has a 20 percent chance.
In addition to these two systems, forecasters are also keeping an eye on two tropical waves in the Atlantic basin, one of which is in the Caribbean. The next named storm of the season will be named Emily.
The predicted above-normal level of activity for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has raised concerns. NOAA anticipates that between 14 to 21 named storms will develop this year, with six to 11 potentially becoming hurricanes. Two to five of the hurricanes could reach major hurricane status, characterized by maximum sustained winds of at least 111 mph.
This forecast from NOAA is higher compared to predictions from AccuWeather and the Colorado State University Tropical Weather and Climate Research Team.
Currently, there are two disturbances being closely monitored. The first is a tropical wave forecasted to move off the west coast of Africa on Wednesday or early Thursday. The second disturbance could develop in the central tropical Atlantic later this week.
While it is too early to determine the potential impacts on the US, residents are urged to remain vigilant and prepared during hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak of activity typically occurring around September 10.
As the situation develops, the National Hurricane Center will continue to provide updates on these systems. Residents are encouraged to download their local news app for the latest information and to stay connected to reliable sources.