Tropics Update: Gaston Likely to Strengthen to Hurricane – Kay Barely Holding On
The tropics are starting to ramp up with numerous tropical waves in both the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific.
In the Atlantic, Fiona is no more, now only a remnant low that is making its way northwest but is staying far south of Bermuda. Gaston has been named just west of the Cabo Verde Islands and will likely upgrade to Hurricane strength in the next 12 to 24 hours. Gaston at this time is not an immediate threat to land and is expected to keep tracking northwest across the Atlantic.
There is a tropical wave just east of the Lesser Antilles that has a 60% of organizing into a tropical system over the next 5 days. The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter Aircraft has reported this tropical wave is very elongated and lacks an organized circulation.
Still areas of the Lesser Antilles, Greater Antilles and the Bahamas should stay tune for more updates. Even if this system fails to organize, this area could still experience heavy rain, gusty winds and high surf with strong rip currents.
As for the Eastern Pacific, Kay is barely holding on, now only a post-tropical depression, but there are two other tropical waves being monitored. At this point these three systems are no threat to land, but are areas we will continue to monitor.
(Headline image: On Aug. 22 at 11:30 a.m. EDT (1530 UTC) NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite saw Tropical Storm Gaston developing in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Credits: NASA/NOAA)