NOAA’s National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida issued a Tropical Weather Outlook at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017, due to the presence of two systems that could become tropical cyclones this week.
A U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance this afternoon.
An area of low pressure in the Central Atlantic about 1000 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands has a 40% chance for tropical development over the next 3-5 days.
This system has a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours, the center says.
Even if no cyclone forms, the system is expected to dump heavy rain on the Lesser Antilles.
After that, however, its future is murky.
The hurricane center said some gradual development will be possible with this wave while it moves to the west-northwest or northwest over the Atlantic.
Its chance of formation is around 20 percent within the next two days, or 30 per cent in the next five days.
Hurricane Fernanda as of Monday morning is a Category 3 storm with top winds of 125 miles per hour.
Meteorologist Travis Herzog says neither appears to be a threat to us here in the Gulf for now, but we’ll keep a close eye on them just in case.
The storm was heading in the general direction of Hawaii, but forecasters said it is expected to lose strength in the coming days.