Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

New storm system developing in Atlantic Ocean

New storm system developing in Atlantic Ocean

If it further intensifies into a named storm, it would be called Patty.

With a little more than two weeks to go in the 2018 hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center began watching another tropical wave Sunday.

A vigorous tropical wave located about 200 miles east of the Leeward Islands is producing a large area of disturbed weather over much of the western tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Initial track forecasts show the disturbance moving in a west to northwest direction toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and the southeastern Bahamas.

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"Even if that scenario pans out and a tropical depression or storm never forms, downpours and gusty winds would still spread from the Leeward Islands to Hispaniola Monday night into Thursday", according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Travis. Hard-hit areas of Florida's Panhandle, Georgia and North and SC continue to recover from the impacts of Florence and Michael. The storms caused billions of dollars in damage in North and SC. Strong wind shear can shred apart tropical storms or hurricanes.

Also, a cold front is expected to act as a buffer for the United States and steer the system toward the northeast and away from land, according to The Weather Channel. The latest in the season on record was Hurricane Kate in 1985, which became a Category 3 storm November 20 before hitting the Florida Panhandle, according to the Weather Underground archive.

As we near the end of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season the Weather Authority and the National Hurricane Center are tracking a strengthening complex of storms approaching the Caribbean Islands this week.

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