Forecasters Keep Wary Eye On Atlantic Low Pressure System

Photo: National Hurricane Center

National Hurricane Center forecasters are watching an area of low pressure system with disorganized storms that is currently in the east-central Atlantic Ocean.

They say there is a 70 percent chance it will get organized into a tropical depression over the next 48 hours. The system is nearly stationary 800 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

It is expected to begin a west-northwest track at 10 to 15 mph later today. The good news is, forecasters believe adverse conditions will keep the system from strengthening and could even pull it apart.

“This system has the potential to become a tropical depression today or Thursday before conditions become unfavorable for tropical cyclone formation,” said the 8 a.m. update on the hurricane center’s website.


This system is known as Invest 94L. So far spaghetti models show the system, should it continue into a tropical depression, could near the vicinity of Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba between seven to nine days from now. Other tracking models show the storm could move well north of Florida and the Caribbean islands.

The National Hurricane Center advises South Florida residents to not pay much attention to this low pressure system just yet.
2017 has so far seen three named storms: Tropical storms Arlene, Bret, and Cindy. The next storm will be named Don.
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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.