Tropics Tracker: Two Areas to Watch this Week
The Atlantic Basin has become more active over the weekend with two areas being monitored by the National Hurricane Center. One in the southern Gulf of Mexico and the other off the Carolina coast. As of now, neither are posing a direct threat to the U.S. mainland, but these disturbances will be something to watch over the next few days.
Area to watch 1: Bay of Campeche
The system in the Bay of Campeche has become more organized over the last 24 hours and has a medium chance of becoming a tropical depression by mid-week. The track of this storm is still uncertain. Regardless of development, this system will bring heavy rain to Central America and Southern Mexico over the next few days.
Area to watch 2: Off the Carolina Coast
A second area off the coast of Wilmington, NC is producing disorganized showers and storms. This system will interact with the Gulf stream as it moves northeast away from the coast. For those heading off to the beach it will be causing an increased rip current risk and rough seas off the Carolina coast. It will be moving into an unfavorable environment with cooler waters off the Canadian coast by late week.