Three tropical storms currently brew in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, while two more disturbances emerge off the coasts of Africa and the Gulf of Mexico. However, current projections suggest Florida isn’t at risk.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has released advisories for Tropical Storms Franklin, Gert, and Emily, which are located over the eastern Caribbean Sea, east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, and west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, respectively.
Tropical Storm Emily: Approximately 1,165 miles away from the Cabo Verde Islands, Emily has sustained winds of 40 mph, moving at a speed of 12 mph west-northwest. There’s an expectation of weakening with a possibility of Emily transitioning to a post-tropical cyclone by Monday evening.
Tropical Storm Gert: Positioned about 455 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands, Gert also holds sustained winds at 40 mph. Currently, there are no coastal warnings or watches. NHC forecasts suggest Gert will likely dissipate by the following Tuesday.
Tropical Storm Franklin: Franklin’s location is about 235 miles south of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, carrying winds of 50 mph. It prompts tropical storm watches for the Turks and Caicos Islands and storm warnings for the Dominican Republic’s southern coast and Haiti. Predictions indicate some intensification for Franklin before it approaches Hispaniola, with a northwest trajectory leading it out to sea.
Western Gulf of Mexico (AL91): A broad low-pressure area over the central Gulf of Mexico presents organizing showers and thunderstorms. The NHC notes that this system has favorable environmental conditions for development, potentially becoming a tropical depression or storm before reaching the western Gulf coast by Tuesday. Residents of southern Texas and northern Mexico are advised to stay updated, as storm warnings or watches may be declared soon. The likelihood of this development is at 80%.
Eastern Tropical Atlantic (AL92): Another disturbance marked by showers and thunderstorms is visible over the Cabo Verde Islands and parts of the tropical eastern Atlantic. According to the NHC, the system has favorable conditions to develop gradually, with a likelihood of becoming a tropical depression later in the week as it traverses the eastern tropical Atlantic west-northwestward. The development probability stands at 70%.