The only thing worse than one tropical storm threatening coastal regions in the Atlantic is two tropical storms threatening coastal regions in the Atlantic. Thanks to the unusual weather patterns over the Atlantic Ocean this year, this season is set to be a very active one for hurricanes. This season has already been surprisingly active, with storms forming at a rapid clip.
Earlier this week, tropical storms Josephine and Kyle formed over the ocean. Both spun out and dissolved before they were able to make landfall. This was a welcome reprieve for rain-soaked regions in the Caribbean and Southeast US. However, now there are two burgeoning storms to keep an eye on in the region.
Notably, this is not unusual in late August. During an active season like this one, seeing multiple areas of disturbance isn’t shocking in late summer.
The first system meteorologists are tracking goes by the name of Invest 97L. This system is making its way through the Eastern Caribbean at present. Thankfully, the system is moving very rapidly. This means it is unlikely that it could develop into a more major threat in the near future. Storm systems, generally speaking, need to be moving more slowly to build up the energy needed to become full-fledged hurricanes.
However, this system is still capable of becoming a tropical depression if conditions are right. Should the system slow as it reaches the Western Caribbean and receive a sizable amount of higher wind movement, it could build up some steam. Meteorologists are keeping an eye on the system, which they project has a moderate chance of becoming a true tropical depression.
Invest 98L is currently brewing between Africa and the Lesser Antilles. The system is at a much higher threat of developing into a full-blown tropical depression than 97L. As the system moves west by northwest at a slow pace, meteorologists have it set at a high likelihood to become a tropical depression. This heading also means it could threaten the Caribbean and even the mainland US, should it become a proper hurricane.
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands could begin experiencing rainfall from 97L as early as Friday or as late as Sunday. At present, it’s too soon to know whether the storm will become strong enough to present a true threat to the islands or the US. If the system does pose a threat to the US, it likely won’t arrive until next week.