Abaco Island after Dorian
The tropics are heating up, with hurricane forecasters tracking five systems in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, including powerful Hurricane Dorian.
None of the storms pose an immediate threat to the Caribbean but forecasters say now is the time to assess your weather plans. This is the historical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30.
Here are the tropical weather systems the National Hurricane Center was tracking Wednesday morning.
Hurricane Dorian is a powerful Category 2 that devastated parts of the Bahamas and now is moving up the East Coast.
As of 7 a.m., the center of Dorian was moving north parallel to Florida’s coast, the National Hurricane Center said. It was about 95 miles east of Daytona Beach.
Dorian has maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. It’s expected to bring heavy rain, strong winds and dangerous storm surge to coastal areas in its path.
On the current track, the core of Hurricane Dorian will move “dangerously close” to Florida’s east coast and Georgia’s coast through Wednesday night. Then, the center of Dorian is forecast to move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning.
Tropical Storm Fernand
Tropical Storm Fernand was in the Gulf of Mexico, moving west toward Mexico’s coast. It was not expected to impact Louisiana, forecasters said.
As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, it was about 45 miles southeast of La Pesca, Mexico, and had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.
The center of Fernand is forecast to cross the northeastern coast of Mexico later Wednesday and then rapid weakening is expected, the National Hurricane Center said.
Fernand should dissipate Thursday.
Tropical Storm Gabrielle
Tropical Storm Gabrielle has formed in the Atlantic. The storm poses no immediate threat to land.
Gabrielle was about 680 miles northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and was moving northwest at 10 mph through the open Atlantic Ocean.
Low pressure system by Bermuda
Forecasters are tracking a small area of low pressure just east of Bermuda. Some development of this disturbance is possible, and a tropical depression could form during the next couple of days as the disturbance moves northeast away from Bermuda.
It has a medium chance (50%) of development within 48 hours.
If it strengthens to a tropical storm, it most likely will be named Humberto.
Tropical wave by Africa
A tropical wave is forecast to emerge later Wednesday off the Atlantic coast of Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, forecasters said. This system has the potential to become a tropical depression over the weekend or early next week while it moves west.