With just days left until the official close of hurricane season, a non-tropical system located southeast of Bermuda has the potential to become a tropical or subtropical storm later this week or weekend, forecasters said.
The area of low pressure is forecast to develop along a front in the central Atlantic on Wednesday and then travel southeast where it would encounter warmer water, favoring tropical development. If it became a tropical storm, it would be Vince.
As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center had given it a 50% chance of developing in the next seven days and a 20% chance in the next two days. It is projected to turn northeast over the weekend.
Non-tropical systems, such as the Atlantic low and the storm that dumped up to 12 inches of rain on areas of South Florida last week, get their energy from the interaction of cold and warm air, while tropical systems get their energy of the warm waters of the ocean. .
Earlier this week, meteorologists were monitoring a tropical disturbance located north of Colombia and south of Haiti, but it was hampered by dry air. As of Tuesday, it was no longer expected to develop.
There have been 19 named storms in this Atlantic hurricane season this year, seven of which were hurricanes. Three of them were major hurricanes, that is, at least category 3.
The two remaining storm names from the initial list of 21 names of the year are Vince and Whitney.
Hurricane season ends on November 30.