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4WARN: Tropical Update

Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 2:09 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - We are just 7 days away from reaching the peak time for tropical development (September 10). The Atlantic is staying very active, with several waves developing.

Peak Times
Peak Times(WTVY)

September 10 marks the peak time for hurricane/tropical storm development. The Atlantic ocean temperatures are the warmest they have been all year, which leads to perfect environments for tropical disturbances to form.

Tropical Waves
Tropical Waves(WTVY)

We have a triple set up of tropical waves just off the coast of Africa. Each one starts as a disorganized cluster of thunderstorms over land before reaching the open ocean, where they feed off the warm waters.

All of these systems will move westward, however each one will likely take a bit of a different path. However, the middle invest with a 70% chance of development within 5 days will be the one we watch closely as it is more likely to strengthen quickly.

Development Zones
Development Zones(WTVY)

September is the most active month for tropical set ups. If a disturbance makes its way close to the eastern Caribbean, it likely takes pathways into the Gulf of Mexico, leading to strengthening.

Although we are still remaining quiet in the Gulf, and we will stay quiet for the next week, it is still important to keep up with your hurricane safety plan. Create an emergency kit, plan possible evacuation routes, and stay updated with all the latest tracking and forecasts.

You can stay informed with the 4WARN Storm Team for all the latest updates with the tropics.

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