TAMPA, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring three areas of potential development.
First, there's newly-formed Tropical Depression 15 off the Southeast coast and Invest 99-L in the Caribbean, which has a high chance of developing over the next five days. A tropical wave about to push off the African coast is also being monitored.
Tropical Depression 15, located off the northeast Florida coast, formed late Monday afternoon. However, this system is moving away from land and is expected to push out to sea. Wind shear is eventually expected to weaken the disturbance.
Invest 99-L, in the eastern Caribbean, has an 80-percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm. Most models keep the storm moving west through the Caribbean into Central America.
Another tropical wave is forecast to emerge off the coast of Africa in the coming days. Slow development is possible by the end of this week as it moves through the Atlantic.
Right now, the NHC gives this tropical wave a 30-percent chance of development over the next five days.
The next three names on the Atlantic list are Nana, Omar and Paulette. The record for the earliest named “N” storm and “O” storm is Nate on Sep. 6, 2005 and Ophelia on Sep. 7, 2005. Both became hurricanes.