4WARN: Tropical Update

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Published: Aug. 16, 2020 at 12:34 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The next 10 days will be very active in the tropics. There are several waves of energy expected to come off the western coast of Africa.

Tropical Depression Josephine
Tropical Depression Josephine(WTVY)

Starting with the storm that just keeps on trying. Now downgraded to a depression, Josephine continues to stay in the far Atlantic. It has been battling harsh conditions in order to maintain its strength, like fast upper level winds. Air patterns surrounding the storm are going to prevent it from reaching coastlines. It will steadily curve more eastward, away from the US.

Wave number 1
Wave number 1(WTVY)

The first tropical wave that catches our attention is one that just spawned about two days ago. This cluster of tropical thunderstorms is to the east of the Lesser Antilles. Although still unorganized, the system is likely to travel quickly to the west at about 20 mph. This will put a bit of an inhibitor on its development, however it is expected to drive itself into the western caribbean sea. We will closely monitor this tropical wave as it draws near the caribbean mid week.

Wave 2
Wave 2(WTVY)

The most recent wave to develop is right off the western coast of Africa. This was a part of a very powerful surge of thunderstorms that developed yesterday. As it began to exit Africa and enter the Atlantic, it maintained a fair amount of energy.

Still very far away, but it will likely track westward at about 15 mph. By the later parts of the week it could reach the Lesser Antilles, where we will monitor is closely as well.

Peak time frame
Peak time frame(WTVY)

We are getting closer to the most active tropic timeframe of the year. These next few weeks will likely be very healthy for tropical development. Be sure to keep reviewing your hurricane safety plan and evacuation routes just to remain prepared. Stay updated with the 4WARN Storm Team for all the latest updates regarding the tropics.

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