The National Weather Service in Newport said the conditions could be more conducive for the disturbance to develop into a tropical depression toward the end of the week.
The summer heat may be the main thing on the weather radar for most of us in Eastern North Carolina, but as we head into August there is a reminder that we’re nearing the peak of hurricane season.
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical wave over the Eastern Caribbean that could strengthen as it approaches Florida later in the week.
As of Monday morning there was a 20% chance of the system developing into a cyclone within the next five days. Casey Dail, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Newport, said the conditions could be more conducive for the disturbance to develop into a tropical depression toward the end of the week.
Whether or not it does remains to be seen but Dail said it is important for area residents to remain aware of tropical activity.
“We’re moving toward the peak of the season and it is important to stay informed,” Dail said, adding the peak of the season for North Carolina is around late August to mid-September.
The disturbance was located over the eastern Caribbean Sea Monday and is expected to move west-northwest over the Caribbean Sea and Greater Antilles over the next few days.
According to the National Hurricane Center there was a 10% chance of formation within 48 hours and 20% chance of formation through the 5-day forecast. If so, it would be the fourth tropical depression of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted a near-normal season with nine-to-15 named storms. It says four-to-eight of them will become hurricanes and two to four of those would become major hurricanes with 111 mph winds or higher.
Reporter Jannette Pippin can be reached at 910-382-2557 or Jannette.Pippin@JDNews.com.