Tropical Storm Erin has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, off of the Cape Verde Islands. Erin is expected to move over the open Atlantic over the next five days. By Tuesday, the system is forecast to still be east of Puerto Rico.
Another system is churning in the Caribbean, heading into the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center is giving the system a 50% chance of developing into a tropical storm in the next 48 hours. Mid-August into October is typically the most active part of the US hurricane season.
Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to pass near or over Haiti tonight, threatening heavy rain, flash floods and mudslides to the country still vulnerable after a devastating earthquake in 2010. More updates on BreakingNews.com.
Photo: NASA’s Terra satellite passed over Tropical Storm Isaac today at 11:20 a.m. EDT as it continued moving through the eastern Caribbean Sea. (Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team)
Tropical Storm Isaac getting better organized in Atlantic
Tropical Storm Isaac is currently centered about 210 miles east of Guadeloupe with maximum sustained winds near 45 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Isaac is expected to strengthen and could become a hurricane by Thursday.
Some computer models show Isaac striking Florida, including the Tampa Bay area, during next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, The Associated Press reports.
msnbc.com:Tropical Storm Debby has been drenching Florida with rain on Monday, while its center has been nearly stationary in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm’s slow progress means its most pressing threat is flooding.
The AP reports that Florida Gov Rick Scott has declared a statewide emergency. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for most of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Photo: Cedar Key Fire Chief Robert Robinson walks on a section of a floating dock that broke loose during a storm surge from Tropical Storm Debby on Sunday. (Brad Mcclenny / The Gainesville Sun via AP)
NOAA predicts ‘near-normal’ Atlantic hurricane season
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters say they expect this year’s June 1-Nov. 30 Atlantic hurricane season to will produce 9-15 named tropical storms. NOAA forecasters say 4-8 of these may grow into 74 mph or stronger hurricanes, and 1 to 3 may become major hurricanes with winds faster than 111 mph.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Bud is gaining strength in the Pacific Ocean. AP reports a tropical storm warning and hurricane watch is in effect for Mexico’s Pacific coast from Punto Telmo to Cabo Corrientes.
Photo: Hurricane Bud is seen in this image provided by NASA, taken at 2 a.m. EDT on May 24, 2012. (NASA via AP)