MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a couple of tropical disturbances.
Starting with the one closer to the Gulf. It is now moving through the Florida Straits away from Cuba. It will be moving into the Gulf over the next day. This disturbance has a medium chance of developing into a depression or storm within the next 5 days. As it moves west-northwest it is expected to gradually organize. The bulk of this system, whatever comes of it, will be to our south and west. For us, along the central Gulf, this will help add to higher rain chances for the second half of the week and a high risk for rip currents at our beaches beginning tomorrow.
The final wave is much farther out in the central Atlantic. This system will move west over the next few days. This has a high chance of developing within the next two days. If it becomes a tropical storm it will become Gonzalo. Past Friday as it moves closer to the Leeward Islands the environment will become rougher for further development. As of now, it doesn’t pose a threat to the United States and there is plenty of time to keep an eye on it.
Increasing tropical activity in the Atlantic during late July and early August is not uncommon. We anticipate more tropical waves to emerge off the African continent and move west across the Basin.