Tropical Storm Nestor: Will swirling vortex reach the Caribbean? – Express.co.uk

Posted: October 20, 2019 at 9:58 pm

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has witnessed 15 tropical depressions, 13 storms and five hurricanes - three of which were major hurricanes. Forecasters are currently monitoring three systems in the Atlantic Ocean which have the potential to strengthen and become the next tropical storm of the season. But if and when the storm develops, will the swirling vortex strike the Caribbean?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA) National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently monitoring a tropical depression and two tropical disturbances churning across the Atlantic Ocean.

The forecasters are monitoring the poorly organised tropical depression, which is the seasons 15th so far, as it migrates westwards over the Atlantic.

As of 11am AST (4pm BST) the tropical depression was located near latitude 15.6 north, longitude 21.6 west which was roughly 160 miles east of the Cabo Verde Islands.

The depression remains poorly organised and is expected to pass near the eastern Cabo Verde Islands later today and tonight.

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The depression formed on Monday near the western coast of Africa which is a rare location for the system to develop so late into the hurricane season, according to the Weather Channel.

Although the system is poorly organised, it is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Nestor late on Tuesday according to forecasters.

However its tenure as a tropical storm is anticipated to be short-lived.

The tropical storm is expected to begin weakening on Wednesday becoming a remnant low in the next couple of days.

The storm is currently too far away to be a threat to the Caribbean or Florida.

The next advisory about the tropical storm will be published at 5pm AST (10pm BST).

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, the NHC are monitoring two tropical disturbances which may strengthen to become storms.

The first of these is a trough of low pressure which is producing a small area of showers and thunderstorms.

This system is located over the southern Yucatan peninsula, Belize, and northern Guatemala.

While the chance of formation is low at near 0 percent over 48 hours and 30 percent through five days, the disturbance is expected to produce heavy rains across a large portion of Central America during the next couple of days, which could cause flooding and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas.

By late Wednesday, the disturbance is forecast to emerge over the Bay of Campeche and gradually turn northward.

Environmental conditions could become a little more conducive for some development towards the end of the week when the system is located over the western Gulf of Mexico.

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