At 5 PM ET Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center started initiating advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Five. This tropical wave being called “Potential Tropical Cyclone Five” allows the National Hurricane Center to put out a cone and issue watches and warnings to help warn land that could soon be impacted. The tropical wave is located about 1200 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands.
Environmental conditions appear to be favorable for further development so we will soon see a Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm form in the next day or two. If this system gets a name, the next name on the list is Elsa. Note: The current earliest 5th Atlantic named storm formation is July 6th which was Edouard in 2020.
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!
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