The National Hurricane Center is tracking two systems in the Atlantic Ocean that could develop into very severe storms. One of the systems,It is expected to hit the Lesser Antilles and Barbados in the coming days, while another becomes a tropical depression.
Tropical Storm Brett, currently packing winds of 45 mph, was expected to strengthen to a hurricane Tuesday morning when the National Hurricane Center issued a forecast. But by Tuesday afternoon, forecasters said that would no longer be the case.
“Bred is moving west at 18 mph,” the National Hurricane Center said. Latest forecast. “On the forecast track, Brett’s center is expected to move across parts of the Lesser Antilles on Thursday afternoon and Thursday night, then move across the eastern Caribbean on Friday.”
A tropical storm watch has been issued for Barbados and tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 48 hours. The NHC said an additional tropical storm watch could come in late Tuesday.
Should it still find a way to strengthen into a hurricane, Brett – it currently isAtlantic hurricane season – will be of the season.
The storm is expected to approach the Lesser Antilles islands “early Thursday” and then move into a tropical storm overnight, the National Weather Service said. The Lesser Antilles includes several island nations and territories, including the US Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Forecasters have warned that flooding, strong winds and dangerous waves will continue to pose a danger to the islands.
“Given the larger-than-usual uncertainty in track and intensity forecasts, it is too early to determine the location and magnitude of potential hazards associated with Brett. However, everyone in the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands should closely monitor forecast updates for Brett,” forecasters said.
A second system called AL93, a Tropical wave “Several hundred miles” from the Cape Verde Islands. The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning that conditions around the system “may develop into a tropical depression over the next couple of days.” As of 5pm ET, there is a 70% chance of that happening within 48 hours.
According to NOAA, Tropical waves When long areas of relatively low pressure move across the tropics from east to west. These systems lead to tropical cyclones. It becomes a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 38 mph.
Brett is a “unique” storm, Weather Channel meteorologist Stephanie Abrams told “CBS Mornings” on Tuesday.
“Usually our second named storm doesn’t arrive until mid-July. Also, it formed far out in the Atlantic, where storms typically start much later,” he said. “The first hurricane of the season usually doesn’t happen until August.”
Last year’s first named hurricane, Daniel, did not form until then.
Abrams said the reason for this early start is twofold: low shear and warm water. Both of these factors are more prevalent this year.
“Things can change quickly, so the time to prepare is now,” he said.