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Hurricane Center monitoring 3 Atlantic systems


Meteorologists are tracking three disturbances Wednesday morning in the Atlantic, one of which retains high odds of development, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 8 a.m. update.

The first disturbance is 1,000 miles east of Bermuda. The system continues to produce gale-force winds, and is expected to become tropical or subtropical sometime Wednesday as it moves west, the NHC said.

The storm, though, is also headed Wednesday night into upper level winds that are not favorable for tropical development, yet the storm retains a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression within the next two to five days.

The second system is the small area of low pressure that passed over Florida on Tuesday and is now about 250 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, the NHC said.

“While the low is likely producing winds to near gale force, the associated thunderstorm activity is limited,” said NHC senior hurricane specialist Richard Pasch .

Upper level winds are not ideal for the system’s development, but meteorologists still predict that the disturbance could become a tropical depression sometime Wednesday. Meteorologists give the system a 20 percent chance of doing so within the next two to five days.

Although, it is likely to merge Wednesday night with the third system forecasters are tracking in the mid-Atlantic.

The nontropical area of low pressure in the mid-Atlantic is associated with cloudiness and showers, the NHC said.

The system is expected to strengthen over the rest of the week as it drifts north-northeastward.

“Regardless of development, this system is expected to bring strong winds, coastal flooding, and rough surf to portions of the mid- Atlantic and northeastern United States coasts through late week,” Pasch said.

The disturbance has a 10 percent chance of developing in the next 48 hours, and a 20 percent chance of doing so in the next five days.


This article was originally published on orlandosentinel

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