National Hurricane Center watching 4 tropical waves, including 2 in Caribbean
The number of tropical waves being watched has increased to four, with two moving west in the Caribbean.
On the second day of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Arlene formed in the Gulf of Mexico. The Atlantic hurricane season started June 1.
While Arlene is the first named storm of the 2023 season, it's actually the second storm to form in the Atlantic basin, which encompasses the Atlantic north of the equator, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
A subtropical system formed in January in the North Atlantic. Since the designation came during a post-storm analysis, it was not given a name but will be recorded as an Unnamed Storm.
The next storm will be Bret.
Here's the latest update from the NHC as of 8 a.m. June 7:
What's out there and where are they?
- Non-tropical area of low pressure: A non-tropical area of low pressure located midway between the eastern Azores and Madeira Island is producing limited showers and thunderstorms with winds to near gale force over the northeastern Atlantic Ocean.
- Tropical wave 1: A tropical wave is located west of Cabo Verde. It's moving west at 12 mph. Exact location: 28W extending south from 14N.
- Tropical wave 2: A tropical wave is located northeast of French Guiana. It's moving west at 17 mph. Exact location: Between 45W and 50W and from 4N to 8N.
- Tropical wave 3: A tropical wave in the Caribbean is located south of Puerto Rico. It's moving west at 12 mph. Exact location: 67W extending south from 14N.
- Tropical wave 4: Another tropical wave in the Caribbean is located south of Jamaica. It's moving west at 11 mph. Exact location: near 78W extending south from 15N.
How likely are they to strengthen?
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Non-tropical area of low pressure: This system is forecast to turn northeast later today and move over cooler waters. Further development is not anticipated.
- Formation chance through 48 hours: low, near 0 percent.
- Formation chance through seven days: low, near 0 percent.
Who is likely to be impacted?
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The non-tropical area of low pressure in the eastern Atlantic is not expected to impact the U.S. Periods of heavy rains and gusty winds will continue across portions of the Canary Islands and Madeira Island over the next day or so.
It's too early at this time to determine if there will be any impact to the U.S. from the tropical waves.
Forecasters urge all residents to continue monitoring the tropics and to always be prepared.
Weather watches and warnings issued for your area
When is the Atlantic hurricane season?
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.
When is the peak of hurricane season?
The peak of the season is Sept. 10, with the most activity happening between mid-August and mid-October, according to the Hurricane Center.
Tropical forecast over the next seven days
Excessive rainfall forecast
What's out there?
Systems currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center.
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