New storm system developing in Atlantic Ocean


A tropical wave in the Atlantic could possibly strengthen into a sub-tropical cyclone by midweek, according to John McMichael, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season doesn't end until November 30, and there's one more system out there that National Hurricane Center forecasters say could turn into a tropical depression or tropical storm in the coming days.

The wave - east of the Leeward Islands - grew better organized overnight and is producing a large area of disturbed weather over much of the western tropical Atlantic Ocean. The NHC gave the system a 20 percent chance of development through Monday, but a 70 percent chance within five days.

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Showers and thunderstorms associated with this disturbance have increased today, and environmental conditions are expected to gradually become more conducive for the development of a tropical or subtropical cyclone by the middle of the week.

While Caribbean countries have been spared for most of the 2018 hurricane season, heavy rains in several countries have led to floods, landslides and millions of dollars in damage.

A tropical wave is an inverted trough (an elongated area of relatively low pressure) or cyclonic curvature maximum moving east to west across the tropics. The next name up in this year's storm name rotation is Patty. Hard-hit areas of Florida's Panhandle, Georgia and North and SC continue to recover from the impacts of Florence and Michael.