Hurricane Center begins tracking new system in Atlantic

The National Hurricane Center began tracking a system off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic with the potential to form into the next tropical depression or tropical storm.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, the tropical wave with minimal shower activity is located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and is expected to move slowly west for the new couple of days.

“After that time, environmental conditions are expected to become less conducive for development,” forecasters said.

The NHC puts chances of formation at only 10% in the next two to five days.

If it does spin up to tropical storm strength before any other system potentially forms, it would be named Tropical Storm Josephine.

The 2020 hurricane season is on pace to be one of the busiest on record having already produced nine named storms and a tenth system that became a tropical depression.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday reworked its initial projections for the season, predicting up to 25 named storms, which is the most ever predicted by the NOAA.

The busiest season on record, though, was 2005, which creating 28 named and unnamed systems, so much so that the NHC ran out of its normal list of 21 names, which skip letters like X, Y and Z, and had to begin using storm names from the Greek alphabet like Tropical Storm Alpha.

The NOAA actually only predicted 21 named systems for 2005.

The remaining names for 2020 are Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred.


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