On Thursday, a new tropical storm has taken shape a little west of the Cape Verde islands. Its name is tropical storm Edouard, and it is the fifth named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. This tropical storm is projected to track in a northwestward direction throughout the next week, and it will then move towards the north early into next week. Luckily, it isn’t going to pose any threat to the U.S East Coast, Caribbean, or Bermuda. This hurricane season has been active, but there haven’t been many major hurricanes thus far. September 11th was actually the peak of the season.
Tropical Storm Edouard does have the potential to reach hurricane status early into next week, but to do so, it would have to fend off some wind shear and dry air that is headed its way. This storm started as a large swirl of thunderstorms that showed up on the radar very clearly, and the observations from the National Hurricane Center are indicatory of a surface wind circulation.
Florida residents are already prepared because they know that there is something on the way. There have been thunderstorms, heavy rain, and wind gusts of up to 35 mph battering the coast and the near-shore waters lately. This system will continue its journey and head into the Southern Florida area today and along with it will be downpours. This heavy rainfall may also lead to some localized flooding in some areas near the coast. As we move into next week, the model shows that this disturbance is trekking on to make its way into the Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical Storm Edouard is an upper level disturbance and the hurricane experts have been tracking it from Africa to the eastern Atlantic. So far, the models have tracked the cell churning far out in the sea with no means to come to shore any time soon. But, to the east, the “monsoon trough” is quite active, and there are some other disturbances that could possibly take shape into the next week.
Active right now is tropical storm Odile, and it is now dealing with high winds. With these conditions, it makes it very feasible that the cell could transform into hurricane status. The NHC (National Hurricane Center) is actually predicting Odile to become at least a Category 2 hurricane.
As we move more to the south, rain and wind may make their way to the shore tomorrow, and also, a tropical storm watch has been issued. For the long term, there are different models that show different levels for the moisture that is possible, and according to the U.S model, Odile will reach the Southwest U.S. As for the European model, this isn’t predicted.
The third tropical storm, named Luis, or Kalmaegi, is slowly churning into a large circulation. These thunderstorms will make their way to the Philippines, and the core of the storm is expected to hit the northern Philippines by Sunday. It will produce heavy rainfall, mudslides, landslides, and the winds can be categorized as typhoon strength. It is projected to track to southern China or even northern Vietnam after that.
Check with your local news forecast, or the Weather Channel, for more updates on the tropical situation in your area.