Three potential cyclones were being monitored in the Atlantic by the National Hurricane Center on Tuesday.
Two of the disturbances were given a 60 percent chance of formation in the next five days. Meteorologists say those disturbances — one in the southeast Caribbean Sea, the other in the mid-Atlantic — could become tropical depressions by the end of this week.
Neither storm is expected to approach Florida or Tampa Bay, according to the Hurricane Center’s five-day forecast. But forecasters say it’s too early to know the future path of the storms with certainty.
The disturbance in the Caribbean Sea has the highest chance of affecting the United States. Still a tropical wave as of Tuesday morning, it will gradually strengthen while moving northwest, forecasters say. It’s expected to reach the Yucatan Peninsula and move into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.
The other system in the mid-Atlantic remained a broad trough of low-pressure Tuesday morning. It’s expected to reach warmer waters as it moves northwest at 15 mph before it is diminished by wind shear. It’s forecast to turn northeast away from the U.S. East Coast.
Should both storms reach tropical storm strength, they would be named Ida and Julian.
A third disturbance, in the far-eastern tropical Atlantic, was still about 400 miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands on Tuesday. It’s given a low chance of developing into a tropical storm as it fights wind shear. The Hurricane Center gives the disturbance a 30 percent chance of formation in the next five days.
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