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Hurricane Center says Atlantic system could become tropical depression tonight

Atlantic hurricane season

A low pressure system in the mid-Atlantic still has high odds of development Tuesday afternoon and could soon become a tropical depression or tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. update.

The low pressure system has a 90% chance of becoming a tropical storm in the next two to five days.

Meteorologists were able to get a better look at the system’s center of circulation as it looked more defined and less elongated Tuesday morning. While odds improved, shower and thunderstorm activity decreased a bit Tuesday morning, but new activity is forming around the center of circulation.

Should these storms toward the center continue, then the NHC will likely initiate a tropical depression advisory.

As of the latest update, the system is over a thousand miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west at 15 mph toward the Caribbean where conditions for development are looking favorable.

“Environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for additional development, and advisories could be initiated on a tropical depression as early as later today if these development trends continue,” the NHC said.

If the system does develop, it would become Tropical Depression 11, but if it has sustained winds of more than 39 mph, it will become the tenth named storm of the 2020 season — Tropical Storm Josephine.

The season has seen nine named storms including two hurricanes plus the short-lived Tropical Depression 10.

The other remaining names for 2020 are Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred.

If the total amount of 2020 storms exceeds the designated name list, hurricane specialists will begin using letters from the Greek alphabet to name storm; a tactic meteorologists have only had to use once before in 2005, which had a total of 28 named storms.


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