Tropical Depression Five formed late Wednesday evening. This will likely become Tropical Storm Elsa on Thursday.
Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for the Lesser Antilles.
Environmental conditions are favorable for further development so we will soon see Tropical Depression Five upgraded to Tropical Storm Elsa. Once this storm becomes Elsa, this will be the earliest 5th Atlantic named storm formation on record.
New model guidance shows a split between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic after this wave tracks westward over the Caribbean this weekend. It is too soon to know where this will end up and how intense it will be, but it is something we will watch closely!