Tracking the tropics

Photo courtesy: National Hurricane Center.

Two tropical disturbances have formed in the Atlantic Basin. Disturbance 1 is being described currently as an area of low pressure.

It is located about 750 miles east of the Windward Islands, moving to the west at about 15 mph. As of now, the National Hurricane Center is forecasting a 50% chance of cyclone formation within 48 hours while the system shows signs of organized thunderstorm activity but lacks a well-defined center.

This storm is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to portions of the Lesser Antilles late Tuesday. The Air Force Reserve has planned to send a reconnaissance aircraft this afternoon to investigate the area.

The second area of disturbance is showing a 20% likelihood of development into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours. This storm is located about 800 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

Some slow development is possible over the next several days as it move northwest into the Atlantic.

The First Warning Weather Center will continue to track these storms as they move closer to the Gulf and bring any updates of weather that could affect the Gulf Coast.

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