Two Tropical Depressions Form in Atlantic; U.S. Impacts This Week?
Two systems in the tropical Atlantic turned into Tropical Depressions on Sunday, with further intensification and U.S. impacts possible later this week.
Tropical Depression Eight formed off the North Carolina coastline on Sunday morning, followed just a few short hours later by Tropical Depression Nine forming near Key West, Florida.
The forecasts for both storms include possible brushes, if not full-on landfalls on U.S. soil within the next week. T.D. 9, the same storm that lashed Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and the Lesser Antilles with heavy rain and gusty winds earlier this week, may now be setting its sights on the United States Gulf of Mexico coastline mid-to-late week.
T.D. 9 is expected to move into a slightly more favorable environment for intensification as wind shear decreases and sea surface temperatures remain plenty warm enough to support a stronger storm. While the storm’s expected to get stronger, it isn’t currently expected to reach hurricane status. The current National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast calls for a medium-grade tropical storm to make landfall on the northeast Gulf coastline mid-week.
All interests along the Gulf Coast should closely monitor the progress of this system.
Although Tropical Depression Eight remained weak with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles-per-hour (MPH) on Sunday evening, the NHC’s forecast calls for gradual strengthening of the storm as it approaches the Outer Banks of North Carolina Monday and Tuesday. Tropical Storm Watches were posted for parts of coastal North Carolina on Sunday evening. The main threats from this storm appear to be the potential for flooding rainfall and big surf.
Also in the Atlantic is major Hurricane Gaston, which as of Sunday evening had maximum winds of 120 MPH, but it is expected to stay well out to sea and be of no impact to land.
WeatherNation’s dedicated team of Field Correspondents and Meteorologists will be tracking the tropics closely on the ground and in studio. Stay tuned to WeatherNation and WeatherNationTV.com for all the latest.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi