Tropics are heating up with three potential storms

Three disturbances in the tropics.
Three disturbances in the tropics.

We’re still almost two weeks away from the peak of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and the tropics are heating up.

The tropical disturbances are several days away from Sebastian, Florida. One tropical wave is tracking towards Florida, but it’s still too early to predict what it will do as it moves closer.

The first tropical wave is no threat to us as it moves westward at about 15 to 20 mph across the central Caribbean Sea. Forecasters say the wave will develop into a tropical depression. This system is no threat to Florida.

The second tropical wave is one we’ve been watching for the past few days, known as Invest 98L. The wave is about 1,000 miles east of the Windward Islands.

“Environmental conditions are conducive for further development, and a tropical depression is expected to form during the next day or two while the system moves generally west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph across the central and western portions of the tropical Atlantic,” the National Hurricane Center said in a statement.

98L tracking shows path near Florida.
98L tracking shows path near Florida.

The model tracking guidance for Invest 98L has shifted to the south since yesterday. However, being this far out, the tracking is expected to change again as it moves closer to the coastline.

The third tropical wave appeared late last night, and forecasters expect this one to develop quickly.

“By early next week, however, conditions are forecast to become less favorable for tropical cyclone formation while it moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph toward the central tropical Atlantic,” the National Hurricane Center said.

Sebastian Daily will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and raised in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. In broadcasting, he has worked for WFLX-TV, WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. Andy has also worked as a computer engineer and a senior systems analyst for a variety of top companies. He has lived in Sebastian since 2002, and joined Sebastian Daily as our editor in chief in 2016. Andy’s family has lived in Sebastian for over 45 years.