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Hurricane Dorian isn’t the only system capable of tropical development right now

The National Hurricane Center is watching two other areas, including one in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Natonal Hurricane Center's five-day tropical weather outlook, as of 2 p.m. Saturday. [National Hurricane Center]
Published Aug. 31
Updated Aug. 31

Hurricane Dorian isn’t the only system attracting attention on the National Hurricane Center’s map of tropical cyclones and disturbances in the Atlantic basin.

Forecasters also are keeping an eye on a tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and a broad area of low pressure in the, gulp, Gulf of Mexico.

But while there is potential for development in each case, there’s not necessarily cause for concern.

A tropical wave located about 100 miles east of the Cabo Verde islands is producing widespread cloudiness and showers. It could develop into a a tropical depression when it moves over the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean next week, according to the hurricane center, which gives it a 60-percent chance for formation over the next five days.

But forecaster Andrew McKaughan of the National Weather Service said models have the wave “at a pretty northerly latitude." Historically, those systems have stayed over the Atlantic.

“It’s difficult to speculate beyond about five days (out),” McKaughan said, “but early indications are that it probably will remain out to sea.”

Meanwhile, a broad area of low pressure located over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico is producing limited shower and thunderstorm activity. While the National Hurricane Center gives it a 30-percent chance of development over the next five days, McKaughan said the system is likely to drift into the western Gulf.

“It probably wouldn’t be a concern for us," McKaughan said, "but it’s not out of the question something develops in the next few days.”

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    Nearly a year after the storm, 18,000 claims are still open.
  2. The tropical outlook on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2019. National Hurricane Center
    The depression is expected to become Tropical Storm Jerry by early Wednesday, then strengthen to a hurricane by the weekend.
  3. Hurricane Humberto's projected path as of 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. National Hurricane Center
    It could become a major hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
  4. The forecast track for Hurricane Humberto, as of 5 a.m. Monday. National Hurricane Center
    The Category 1 hurricane is moving away from the southeastern United States and expected to approach Bermuda by Wednesday night.
  5. Mos Antenor, 42, drives a bulldozer while clearing the road after Hurricane Dorian Mclean's Town, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Friday Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) RAMON ESPINOSA  |  AP
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  6. Members of the fire rescue team Task Force 8, from Gainesville, Florida, help remove a body one week after Hurricane Dorian hit The Mudd neighborhood in the Marsh Harbor area of Abaco Island, Bahamas, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Dorian, the most powerful hurricane in the northwestern Bahamas' recorded history, has killed at least 44 people in Bahamas as of Sunday, Sept. 8, according to the government. GONZALO GAUDENZI  |  AP
    Many in the northwestern Bahamas, known for its casinos, golf courses and mega yachts, worry they will be forced into deep poverty.
  7. The tropical outlook on Saturday Sept. 14, 2019. National Hurricane Center
    A north-northwest turn is expected by Sunday, just as the storm is projected to become a hurricane.
  8. The tropical outlook on Saturday Sept. 14, 2019. National Hurricane Center
    Humberto’s wind speeds reached 40 mph on Saturday as it’s expected to turn north-northwest.
  9. Wreckage left behind by Hurricane Michael. News Service of Florida
    Entire school systems are still recovering from long-standing damage and dealing with the disruptive aftermath of the storm.
  10. A 12-year-old Bahamian girl was separated from parents in Nassau after being rescued from Abaco. She ended up in a Miami home for migrant kids. COURTESY OF PAUL FAMILY
    Katyora Paul was released from a Miami shelter to her mother.