Tropical Depression Six Intensies to Tropical Storm Fiona
We now have the sixth named storm of the Atlantic Tropical season. Tropical Depression Six strengthened into Tropical Storm Fiona on Wednesday. Located nearly 900 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, Fiona continues its track to the northwest at 16 mph. The National Hurricane Center’s forecast has Fiona staying a Tropical Storm through the weekend.
Forecast models have it staying on a northwesterly track, staying north of the Caribbean islands and not making much of an impact.
Even with the quiet start to the season NOAA is still expecting the most active Atlantic Hurricane Season to be the most active since 2012. Forecasters are expecting a 70% chance of 12 – 17 named storms. We have had 5 named storms so far, with the last system, Hurricane Earl impacting Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula two weeks ago. This next potential system would take on the name Fiona and would bring us up to 6 named storms total. Atlantic hurricane season ends November 30th.