We are currently in the peak of hurricane season and it’s no surprise that there’s plenty going on in the tropics.
As of the 10 AM update, we are now tracking potential tropical cyclone 8 (PTC 8). It has been given this designation because it’s likely to either become a depression or tropical storm. This designation also allows the National Hurricane Center to issue a forecast and advisories.
PTC 8 is currently coming off the African Coast and is moving towards the Cabo Verde Islands. It will continue to move west from there into the Central Atlantic and is likely to become at least a tropical storm. The next name on the list is Helene.
Elsewhere in the tropics, we continue to track Florence, which is a tropical storm once again. As it moves west though it is forecast to become a hurricane once again and possibly a major hurricane. There is still a lot of uncertainty about the track of Florence. Anyone along the east coast of the US needs to watch this closely. For us along the Gulf Florence doesn’t pose a foreseeable threat.
There is one other disturbance in the tropics. It is a tropical wave out in front of PTC 8. This has a high chance of developing, but as of now, it’s not a threat either.
We will continue to keep a close eye on everything tropics and if there are any changes you need to know about we will let you know on-air, online, and through social media. — Meteorologist Thomas Geboy